HBO Promises to Finish Game of Thrones, Teases a "More Exciting" True Detective in Season 2

By NatalieAbrams

Jul 10, 2014

As Game of Thrones fans get increasingly heated and worried over whether author George R.R. Martin will finish his book series A Song of Ice and Fire, on which the hit drama is based, the powers that be at HBO aren't nervous at all.

The series, which is the proud new recipient of 19 Emmy nominations, is already catching up to the five published novels in the planned seven-book series, and HBO President Michael Lombardo recognizes that the network must decide how to proceed when the series outpaces its source material. "George is an integral part [of the story]," he told reporters at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour on Thursday. "Certainly next year we'll have to figure it out with George."

However, HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler said there's nothing that will stand in the way of the network seeing the story completely through to the end of the seven books.

Here's what else the network's bosses had to say:

True Detective heats up: "The two [Season 2] scripts that we have are more exciting than the first season," Plepler said, not confirming that the second season will feature two lead males and one lead female. "I think you will be pleased with the show." As for who will be cast, Lombardo said, "The people who we will cast will be well-known names. Great writing attracts great actors."

All hail Meryl: The network announced that Oscar winner Meryl Streep will star in an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play Master Class. The HBO Films project will be directed by The Graduate's Mike Nichols, who worked with Streep 10 years ago on HBO's Angels in America. Master Class will begin production in early 2015.

Who runs the world? HBO will film the final two shows of Beyonce and Jay Z's "On the Run" tour in Paris this September to air on the network.

Network newbies: Lombardo said that the network is happy with and in conversations about the futures of both Silicon Valley, which just scored an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, and The Leftovers, which has somewhat struggled to find a solid audience. "It's a tough show in a sense that it deals with tough and challenging human emotions," he said. "But creatively the show is really exceptional."

More Curb? Curb Your Enthusiasm has been absent from the airwaves since 2011, but Lombardo still has high hopes that Larry David will decide to do another season. "As long as he's still thinking about it, we have a place for him," Lombardo said.

Is Open closed? Ryan Murphy's pilot about the exploration of human sexuality and relationships seems like it's on the back burner for now. "Our hope is that this fall when the actors become available to do some more shooting on the pilot, we'll try to figure it out," Lombardo said. "Our experience with Ryan has been nothing but exciting and productive."

Who do you think should join True Detective? And do you want to see more Curb Your Enthusiasm?

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  • ElisabethMuld Jul 12, 2014

    I will say this, the only reason people are starting to worry is the makere of the show They said that S3 AND S4 would be book three material, but they ended up using ample material from the fourth AND the fifth book. Of course, there are plenty new characters they can include and theres plenty of other stuff from the previous books that they ended up not using. So its not like the material isnt there.

  • ionee24 Jul 12, 2014

    There are plenty of things the characters are able to do now there's time to actually watch their journey

    I'm not talking about just Arya & Bran Stark, we can actually see how Osha & Rickon went from hiding to wherever they must be now on the books.

  • tusharkishore Jul 15, 2014

    Yeah I want to see their journey too Skagos and offcourse the natives of Skagos.

  • ben45tpy Jul 11, 2014

    The GoT comments make no sense:

    'there's nothing that will stand in the way of the network seeing the story completely through to the end of the seven books'

    A strange thing to say when the show is imminently poised to go ahead of the books

  • MarlboroMagpi Jul 11, 2014

    The Leftovers - "But creatively the show is really exceptional."


  • ionee24 Jul 12, 2014

    The dogs, just watch those dogs, its like the went mental.

    They weren't mad, wild, or feral...they were just...not our dogs anymore.

  • jerlouvis Jul 11, 2014

    I would like to see Dayton Callie,Joel Kinnaman and Amy Adams in the mix for True Detective this season.

  • MandySCG Jul 11, 2014

    I do think we'll probably see the end of A Song of Ice and Fire on tv before we read it, but I'm not really worried about GRRM dying. Anyone can die of all sorts of things... but sometimes I do joke about him dying, only because I'm anxious to read the next book. I would never post something like that anywhere he might see it, though. That would be rude.

    I'm not sure how True Detective could get any better, but I am really excited for the next season.

  • sandorxian Jul 11, 2014

    It would be fun if HBO announced that there will be no more GOT. Imagine the outrage in social media :)

    There can never be enough Curb your enthusiasm. The latest season was brilliant , well 70 % of it anyway.

  • MarkPeters Jul 11, 2014

    I said this in another post already; Typical. People seem more bothered about having no closure on a bit of fiction than a persons actual health. Reverse reasoning at its worst.

  • dimakosrou Jul 11, 2014

    Oh, please, how could anyone doubt that the show will be completed? There are many other shows, not as watched or praised as GoT and had the chance to finish as they intended. However, more than 7 seasons is a bit hard. They should stick to the books. After all, good shows don't need to be long shows. It's their limited duration that keeps them fresh and watchable by new viewers.

  • ben45tpy Jul 11, 2014

    I think 8 Seasons is the minimum at this point - it did take them 4 to get through the first half of the series after all.

  • tusharkishore Jul 11, 2014

    HBO will finish GoT. Good. But will it be a song of ice and fire or HBO's fanfiction?

  • ekim726 Jul 15, 2014

    Doesn't matter either way since the producers are pretty much linked into GRRM's head at this point. They have probably got incite into every angle of his thinking and could finish the books without him if they wanted. They must have a backup plan that involves not passing the books, there are many ways they could go.

  • ArkhamNative Jul 11, 2014

    Look for the win-win: HBO gets GRRM's outlines for the remaining books, writes their series. GRRM gets HBO's scripts and writes the final books before the turn of the next century, "based on the hit HBO TV series". ;-)

  • current Jul 11, 2014

    True Detective to be more exciting? Oh fuck. I guess Steven Bochco is going to executive produce and some of his 'quality' ensemble will be cast.

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