George R.R. Martin flew to New York to beg an HBO executive to make Game of Thrones 10 seasons long, according to his agent
A new investigative work, Tinderbox by James Andrew Miller explores HBO’s history.
Miller interviewed George R.R. Martin, Martin’s agent Paul Haas.
Haas says Martin flew New York in order to meet with an HBO executive. He “begged him” for 10 seasons.
HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones was cancelled in 2019. It ended with two shortened seasons. The total of eight seasons and 73 episodes has been canceled. George R.R., however, is the original story’s creator. Martin, reportedly pushed for up to 10 seasons and 100 total episodes.
New details about Martin’s wishes will be revealed in the new book “Tinderbox – HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers”, by James Andrew Miller.
Miller conducted 757 interviews to write the book. He spoke with Martin (Martin’s agent Paul Haas) and Richard Plepler (1982-2013), the former CEO at HBO.
Miller was told that Haas said that George would fly from New York to have lunch at Plepler. To beg Plepler to do ten seasons, he would tell him that it would be more satisfying and more entertaining.
Martin and HBO executives might have preferred more seasons. But showrunners had a different plan.
Martin has previously spoken about his belief that “Game of Thrones” could continue for several more seasons. Variety received a 2018 statement from Martin that he didn’t understand why the show was ending with episode eight. The show had enough material to run for thirteen seasons. Haas’ quote in “Tinderbox”, however, is the first to reveal any details about Martin’s requests for HBO more seasons.
Miller’s book states that Dan and Dave were tired. “They were tired and wanted to move on so they cut it short. Then negotiations began: How many seasons can this be extended? Because of course HBO wanted more.”
Haas added: “George loves Dan, Dave, but after Season Five, he started to worry about where they were going, because George knows exactly where the story is. He started to say, ‘You aren’t following my templates.
“A Song of Ice and Fire”, the book series on which “Game of Thrones” is built, is still in its infancy. Martin has published only five of the seven novels he had planned. For almost a decade, Martin has been at work on the sixth book “The Winds of Winter”.
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Miller also spoke with Casey Bloys from HBO’s chief content officer. Bloys said that they knew there would be some pushback.
Bloys writes in Miller’s book that HBO “felt” the final season delivered on its promises to fans, but it also executed the vision Dan and Dave had for the finale.
Bloys explained that he sympathizes with the criticisms of Daenerys Targaryen being “turned to war criminal” in the final episodes.
Bloys stated that if there were another episode, it would have been beneficial. I would have liked to see two more seasons. But I do believe, if one looks at the whole series instead of the final episodes that it was, that her turn was more earned than she deserves and was planned.
Martin, on the other hand, told Miller that Game of Thrones had made a significant impact on his life, but in some ways it was a negative.
“I wish it had run for ten years,” Martin said in “Tinderbox.” “I think that would’ve given us a little more time in the later seasons to end it. But that might be just because I’m still trying to end it in these books here. As I have for over a decade, I am still working on “The Winds of Winter”. And hopefully I’m going to get to that end soon and then people can argue about which ending they like better.”
Martin has been updating book fans on “The Winds of Winter,” but it is not yet published.
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