Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on the planet, so you might be wondering why HBO is deciding to end the show after eight seasons. Actor Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth, says in a new interview that it’s good, actually, that the show is ending. Why? Because going on any longer might create the feeling that the show is overstaying its welcome, he said.
“I get asked all the time, ‘What the hell are you guys thinking? You could run Game of Thrones forever.’ If you want to stay cool, and the show is cool, the best way to stay cool is to not overstay your welcome,” Cunningham told IGN.
In fact, Cunningham said it “would be dishonorable to stay on longer than we should.”
He admitted that he will personally “dearly” miss Game of Thrones, adding that he expects to be referred to as “Game of Thrones’ Liam Cunningham” even on his tombstone.
“But it was time to get out and wrap up that story… People deserve the end of that story and to not drag it out just because there’s a book to be made. I think it’s very honorable what they’re doing,” he said.
Author George R.R. Martin said his novels are deep and rich enough to support as many as 13 seasons’ worth of shows. Martin said Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff originally had only seven seasons planned, so Martin and HBO were successful in convincing them to do one more, at least.
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres in April–you can see new photos here. While the mainline show is ending, a prequel TV series may be on the way, while Martin continues to write the novel series.