"All that can happen is whatever happens next, and whatever happens after that, and whoever gets roped into it, and whichever one of their close relatives they’re canoodling when they get roped in, and so on, forever," says Albert Burneko. "Whether the author(s) know(s) it or not, a story being told in those terms ultimately is a story about an entire world and everyone in it, and entire worlds don’t end as neatly as, say, a story about a handful of hobbits who set off to deposit the One Ring in the Cracks of Doom. You can’t even end it with an apocalypse, because nothing bears more clearly the fingerprints of the author, reaching in to impose a word-limit on things, than an apocalypse, and that’s not what this story is about. But eventually they were gonna have to end it. It’s TV, actors age and get bored and want to move on, production budgets explode out of all proportion to the good that any show, even one as popular as Game of Thrones, can do its network. It’s no good getting mad at anybody for the choice to make a big V with their arms, gather up all the pieces scattered and somehow reproducing all across a huge and somehow endlessly expanding board, and begin sweeping them all back together into a pile so that this damn thing could ever just end."
TOPICS: Game of Thrones, HBO, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Emilia Clarke, Hannah Murray, John Bradley, Kit Harington