'Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin: TV series might wrap up with a movie

'Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin recently said the HBO series 'might need a feature to tie things up.' The new season of 'Game of Thrones' debuts on April 6.

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'Game of Thrones' stars Emilia Clarke.

Will the grand finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” TV series be a movie?

“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin discussed the idea in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter. According to HR writer Tatiana Siegel, Martin said the project is “being actively discussed.”

“It all depends on how long the main series runs," Martin said of the idea. "Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight? Do we run for 10? The books get bigger and bigger. It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know.”

His comment comes after “Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss told Entertainment Weekly that they envisioned the show ending after seven seasons.

“It feels like this is the midpoint for us,” Benioff said when discussing the show’s upcoming season, which will be its fourth. “If we’re going to go seven seasons, which is the plan, season 4 is right down the middle, the pivot point.” 

Martin has currently written five books in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series and has stated that the series will most likely consist of seven books. The fifth book, “A Dance with Dragons,” was released in 2011.

The fourth season of “Thrones” premieres on April 6.

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