If you've been holding back from getting too invested in Game of Thrones because you've worried that HBO will kill the series before it can play out its storyline—which is what the network did with Carnivàle and Deadwood—you can stop now.
After the show's first successful season on HBO, the network has announced that they plan on riding the Stark-Lannister train until the wheels fall off!
Amid the annual TCA press tour, HBO executives were grilled about Game of Thrones and its foreseeable future. While some shows have a predetermined amount of seasons set at the beginning, Games of Thrones has the potential to stay on a LOT longer. We're talking Gunsmoke and the original Law & Order long.
"I hope it lasts for 20 years," says HBO programming president Michael Lombardo of the show. "I promise you we won't stop it before it's ready to stop. ... There's a great relationship fans have with the show, and we appreciate that."
And if you're worried about certain storylines getting the short end of the stick, you shouldn't. Even though George R.R. Martin continues to actively write entries in the book series, HBO plans to go tit for tat with the author. "We told [author George R.R. Martin] we'd go as long as he keeps writing," said HBO co-president Richard Plepler.
It sounds like the network is in love with Game of Thrones just as much as we are. And let's be honest, who wouldn't be?