Published Friday, 13 June 2014
Game of Thrones films on location across Northern Ireland. (© UTV)
Michael Lombardo, president of programming with the television network, was speaking to New York Magazine about possibly extending the show's run to accommodate a potential eighth book.
Game of Thrones is based on a series of novels by writer George RR Martin, while much of the filming is carried out on location across Northern Ireland.
However, Lombardo's response suggests that producers Dan B Weiss and David Benioff might not be thrilled about the prospect of a longer stay in Belfast.
The good news is work keeps them busy, let's just say that.
Michael Lombardo, HBO
"I just hope Dan and David are still game," the senior executive is reported as saying.
"It's a little bit of a personal challenge I don't think they contemplated when we initially found our location in Belfast, what that meant for them personally ...
"Belfast is not the most cosmopolitan of cities to spend half of the year."
HBO and Games of Thrones have teamed up with Tourism Ireland to promote Northern Ireland as a top holiday destination for tourists from around the world.
A major campaign urged visitors to avail of the chance to experience first-hand the locations that double as the land of Westeros.
Local sights like Cushendun Caves, Murlough Bay, Ballintoy Harbour, and Larrybane have all featured on screen, displaying Northern Ireland to millions of fans of the show.
Belfast has also hosted HBO's Game of Thrones exhibition which tours cities around the globe to display artefacts and allow fans to explore Kings Landing and even sit on the coveted Iron Throne.
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