Another sign that Game of Thrones is going to be around for awhile: HBO has made a deal with David Benioff and Dan Weiss to continue as showrunners for two more seasons.The fantasy hit writer-producers (and, in recent years, directors) originated the project at HBO and have garnered Emmy nominations and acclaim for shepherding the hugely complex drama series based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling novels.
The new deal keeps “the Ds” on the show through a presumed season six. Though HBO has not yet officially renewed the show for a fifth year, Thrones is the premium cable network’s most-watched series (averaging 14.3 million viewers last season across all the network’s platforms) and is second only to The Sopranos as its most popular show of all time. Recently the producers told EW they suspect Thrones will conclude after seven seasons.
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo has often praised the duo’s handling of the series, and recently commented to EW about their writing skills: “I’ve read a lot of scripts. David and Dan are not just good, they are exceptional writers. Their scripts are as dazzling as anything I’ve ever read.”
EW’s Game of Thrones Pre-Season 4 Coverage. Catch up on what you’ve missed:
‘Game of Thrones’ handy snarky season 4 map explains where everybody is
‘Game of Thrones’: This showrunners Q&A will get you really excited for season 4
‘Game of Thrones’: Jack Gleeson reveals the meanest thing he’s ever done
‘Game of Thrones’: Lena Headey on Cersei’s twisted love life
‘Game of Thrones’: Sophie Turner takes six Sansa questions
‘Game of Thrones’: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Jaime’s season 4 women trouble
‘Game of Thrones’ season 4 is Jon Snow’s biggest, talkiest yet
‘Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams teases Arya’s dark season 4
‘Game of Thrones’: Ygritte is super pissed in season 4
Peter Dinklage talks ‘Game of Thrones’ season 4: Tyrion’s journey, ignoring Twitter, nude scenes
‘Game of Thrones’ two more ‘final’ trailers
‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners sign on for two more seasons — EXCLUSIVE
‘Game of Thrones’: How Pedro Pascal landed season 4′s coolest, sexiest new role
‘Game of Thrones’: See Jaime Lannister’s new golden hand — EXCLUSIVE
Game of Thrones’ producers: George R.R. Martin’s secret ending is ‘absolutely’ satisfying — EXCLUSIVE
‘Game of Thrones’ team: 7 seasons is the plan
Still to come: Once the season starts we’ll have our popular recaps (find them here) and post-episode interviews with cast or producers each week.
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