game of thrones"Game of Thrones" has taken the "leave them wanting more" approach to storytelling for four seasons now, and with the recent news that the show has become HBO's most watched EVER, we can look forward to, say, four more of those rewarding/torturous seasons (keep writing those books, George RR Martin). And between those additional four seasons, like now, will come the inevitable 10 agonizing months of waiting (and waiting... and waiting...) for a scant 10 episodes meant to sate us.

But why, oh why, are we teased with just 10 episodes?

With the books running close to or over 1,000 pages a pop, it's not for a lack of story. But as HBO has said in the past, it's about quality, not quantity. To quote an early piece by TV Guide:

"As for longer seasons? Executives said they wouldn't be able to do more without lengthy delays or diluting the quality of the stories."

We have to imagine there are budgetary concerns as well. "Game of Thrones" features CGI, elaborate sets and costumes, as well as multiple international locales -- some of which aren't the easiest to shoot in, including Northern Ireland, Malta, Scotland, Croatia, Iceland, the United States, and Morocco.

Given all that goes into making "Game of Thrones," maybe we should be grateful for the 10 episodes we do get. "True Detective" was just eight episodes, after all.

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Game of Thrones
HBOTVMAApril 17, 2011
Based on 12 critics

Noble families in the seven kingdoms of Westeros vie for control of the Iron Throne. Read More

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