There’s nothing worse than when a show outstays its welcome, or when a show ends badly. It doesn’t totally ruin the entire show, or your good memories of it, but it can definitely leave a bad taste in your mouth for years to come, which is why Game of Thrones is planning to get out at the right time.
There’s a big new cover story on the show in Vanity Fair, and as the shows creators, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, have said, they were inspired by the ending of Breaking Bad, which ended at the right time and left the fans satisfied. Benioff said, “We know there’s an end somewhere in the seven – or eight season zone. It’s not something that goes ten, eleven – it doesn’t just keep on going because it can. I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”
Benioff added, “If you look at the shows that we love, it’s so rare for a series to go beyond that length and maintain quality. Looking at Breaking Bad, which is probably the most consistently great show in history, the fact that they decided relatively early, it’s going to be five seasons and that’s it, I think that was an incredibly smart choice.”
So this ultimately means that there will be three to four more seasons of the show before it comes to an end, which still gives fans plenty to look forward to in the future. Both Weiss and Benioff said Season Four, which debuts on April 6, was the toughest to shoot, and that it will never be a strictly black and white show about good ultimately conquering over evil. On both the Sopranos and Breaking Bad, you cared about bad people, and as Benioff said, “It’s great working in TV right now, just having the liberty to pursue these stories that studios have been rejecting for years.”