'Game of Thrones' creator George R.R. Martin thinks seven seasons is optimistic

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game-of-thrones-season-8-george-rr-martin-hbo.jpg "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have made no secret of the fact that their goal for the HBO series is to have it done in seven seasons. But author George R.R. Martin hopes that is an aspiration they don't stick to.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Martin says he thinks the series will need more than seven seasons -- which also will give him some extra time to finish the "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series. "I don't think it will be enough to tell the story we're telling in the books," Martin says.

But adding extra seasons to the show isn't the only solution Martin sees to this problem. He has heard a pitch to make "Game of Thrones" movies, which he is on board with, if it's done right.

"Ever since I heard that idea I've been both excited by it -- I think it would be great -- and I've been skeptical about it because I've heard of a number of other shows that were [supposedly going to have movies] like 'Deadwood,' 'Rome' and even 'The Sopranos,' and the only one I've actually seen is 'Sex and the City,'" Martin says.

Martin's editor Anne Groell recently did an interview where, in addition to saying "The Winds of Winter" will be out "reasonably soon," she admitted she begins "to wonder" whether Martin will write more than seven books in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. Media reports spun this into her claiming Martin will end up writing eight books, which he has since clarified.

"My plan is to finish in seven," he tells EW. "But my original plan was to finish in three. I write the stories and they grow. I deal with certain things and sometimes I find myself not at the end of a story. My plan right now is still seven. But first I have to finish Book Six. Get back to me when I'm half-way through Book Seven and then maybe I'll tell you something more meaningful."
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