HBO execs say they're "not concerned" about the possibility that their hit series will run out of source material.
LOS ANGELES — HBO execs aren't worried that their monster hit Game of Thrones could run out of source material.
With George R. R. Martin in the midst of writing The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the series on which the show is based, the network's president of programming, Michael Lombardo, says they're "not concerned about it."
“At least with respect to next season, every step, every move is being choreographed very closely with [Martin]," he said during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, taking place in Los Angeles. "Certainly after next year, we will have to figure it out with George if his book's not finished by that point."
The recently concluded Season 4 of the show was largely based on the second half of A Storm of Swords, the third book in the series, A Song of Ice and Fire. But it also had material from the fourth and fifth books.
Fans have been pleading with Martin to finish the sixth book, even as rumors about a possibleeighth book have emerged. "I need to write faster," Martin admitted to Mash last year. More recently, he had a stronger message for some of his more impatient readers.
Lombardo and HBO Chairman Richard Plepler also brushed off questions about Martin's well-publicized desire for a movie conclusion to the series. “He’s 100% focused on his books, the series, and has only held out the movie concept as something way down the road," Plepler.
"There's been no conversations," Lombardo added.
Our line to George is if you keep writing, we'll keep making the showOur line to George is if you keep writing, we'll keep making the show," Plepler said. For the record, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have previously said they aimed to make seven seasons.
Game of Thrones finished out Season 4 in June, and HBO picked up the series for Seasons 5 and 6 back in April.