While the first season of Game of Thrones was fairly faithful to the best-selling fantasy series, HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo says that at some point, the series may depart from the novels.
“I don’t know where the show will end, as opposed to the books,” he told the Television Critics Association. “It would be fantastic to be able to say this show will go on for 10 years, and do every aspect of the books. I don’t know that will be the case. We’ll see, but we are doing this without any predetermined idea of the number of seasons.”
However, Lombardo says that he does realize the books have a passionate fanbase and that he wants to respect them.
“That is a relationship that we are very aware and respectful of,” he says.