Game of Thrones might be one of the most recognizable and popular shows in history, but the show's ending left fans unsatisfied. You know how much you failed when the author of the source material goes out of his way to plead with executives to extend the series for a few more seasons.
Having said that, HBO would be doing itself and the millions of fans a disservice if it didn't listen to George R.R. Martin this time.
According to the Game of Thrones creator, it will "take four seasons of 10 episodes each to do justice to the Dance of the Dragons, from start to finish."
Martin's latest piece of news about House of the Dragon came as he let his inner football fan take over for a while before complimenting Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik for how they handled all the time jumps so far. Specifically, Martin described last Sunday's episode as exactly how he "hoped it should be."
House of the Dragon's time jumps has been quite controversial and divisive despite the show's success. But, if Martin thinks that they're okay, who are we to complain? In the same post, Martin said that House of the Dragon could have "showed all the things" that the time skips jumped over. But, at the same time, Martin explained that having more episodes risks bogging down the show.
There are only two episodes left in House of the Dragon for its debut season, but fans have little reason to worry - HBO has recommissioned the show for a second season. Given the ratings and Matt Smith's own words, a third season should be announced soon. Hopefully, HBO should just get things over with and confirm that House of the Dragon has four to five seasons planned. After all, if Amazon Prime Video can plan out The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power for five full seasons, why can't HBO do the same for the spin-off to Game of Thrones?
House of the Dragon will return for Episode 9 on Sunday, October 16.