Fans excited for the final season of Game of Thrones to drop are not alone in being gutted the powerhouse HBO series is coming to an end.
George R. R. Martin, the genius behind the original A Song of Ice and Fire books, including 1996's A Game of Thrones, has surprisingly revealed his belief that the eighth season shouldn't be the show's last.
While on the Red Carpet at the New York City world premiere of the final season, Martin told the Hollywood Reporter: "I don't think it should be the final season. But here we are."
"It seems to me we just started last week. Has it been longer than that? The time has passed by in a blur. But it's exciting."
He also promised that the world of Westeros would live on in other ways, adding: "I know it's an end, but it's not much of an end for me. I'm still deep in writing the books. We saw five other sequel shows in development. I think I'm going to be hanging around Westeros while everyone else has left."
Martin has previously said that he thought the Game of Thrones series could have potentially lasted for 13 seasons.
On the red carpet at last year's Emmys, Variety asked Martin why Game of Thrones is ending, but he simply deferred the question to the show's producers.
"I don't know, ask David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] when they come through," he said.
"We could have gone to 11, 12, 13 seasons. But I guess they wanted a life."
Pointing out certain that certain cuts were made during development, Martin added: "If you've read my novels, you know there was enough material for more seasons.
"David and Dan have been saying for five years that seven seasons was all they would go. We got them to go to eight but not any more than that.
"There was a period five years ago where they were saying seven seasons and I was saying 10, and they won."