Following the proven formula of Who's the Boss?, Game of Thrones is going to give us at least eight seasons of wondering who exactly is going to end up in charge here. Word comes from HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, who yesterday at the Television Critics Association's press tour reportedly said, "Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the [internal] conversation. The question is: How much beyond seven are we going to do? Obviously we're shooting six now, hopefully discussing seven. [Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are] feel like there's two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds, but that's what we're looking at right now."
Lombardo also confirmed that, as you might expect, HBO is up for stretching out the Game of Thrones brand as far as it will go. "I would be open to anything that Dan and David wanted to do--about Game of Thrones, or any subject matter," he said. "It really would depend fully on what they wanted to do. I think you're right, there's enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel, if George and Dan and David decide they want to tackle that. At this point, all the focus is on the next few years of the show." And, of course, on whether Wight Christmas or Let It Jon Snow is a better name for the Christmas special.