HBO wants more Game Of Thrones and True Blood

News Louisa Mellor 6 Aug 2012 - 20:36

Game Of Thrones and True Blood will continue for the foreseeable, if HBO’s President of Programming has anything to say about it…

While it’s not an official next season order, HBO’s President and Co-President of Programming aren’t exactly being coy about the futures of Game Of Thrones and True Blood. If people will watch them, they’ll make them, was the message HBO’s Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler sent out in a recent TCA Press Tour interview.

“As long as George [R.R. Martin] keeps writing, we’ll keep producing, and he seems very excited with that proposition. As long as he sees fit to keep creating, so will we” said HBO’s Richard Plepler.

Michael Lombardo added, “I think with True Blood, the show’s obviously doing well. This coming year will be the first year Alan Ball is taking a little bit of a step back, but creatively, they’re still engaged and excited by the storytelling. As long as it continues to be performing with the consumer and, more importantly, exciting the storytellers, I think we’re there.”

At present, True Blood is already lined up for at least one more season, bringing the Southern vamp and supe-fest to six series, but it doesn’t sound as if HBO would be at all averse to ordering further seasons if the audience momentum continues.

Game Of Thrones is currently filming its third season, which is scheduled to begin airing on HBO on March the 31st 2013. That season, it was confirmed by the great bearded one himself (aka A Song of Ice and Fire novelist George R.R. Martin), would cover roughly the first half of A Storm of Swords, the third book in the series. With a further two and a half volumes extant and ripe for adaptation then, in theory we could be looking at a potential fourth, fifth, sixth and even seventh series for the fantasy saga... If that's the case, you won't hear any complaints from us.

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They'll be over taking ASOIAF books at this rate. Maybe that's the plan, so he doesn't have to make the effort to finish them...

True, I'm sure it's putting a fire of some sort under Martin to keep ahead of the series. He's going to have to get a wriggle on at this rate.

It seems that most really great TV shows run out of puff (and originality) after about 3 seasons. I thought series 4 of True Blood was awful, worst ever. So I'm not too excited about more of the same.

Just like the books, it will be difficult for the series to reach the heights of the third and fourth series, if the split is as expected.

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