We’ve been hearing the rumors for a while now, but now it’s finally official: the eighth season of Game of Thrones will be the final one for the fan favorite show, according to Casey Bloys, the new President of Programming of HBO.
During the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills, Bloys confirmed that Thrones is indeed coming to an end, even though he’d love to see more episodes:
“Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do. Believe me, as the new [programming executive] coming in, if I could get them to do more. I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on what they think they can do the best version of the show.”
It’s been rumored for a few months now that the final season will only consist of six episodes, but Bloys mentioned that the number is not yet final. When asked if there could be a potential Game of Thrones spin-off in the future, Bloys said the following:
“We’ve talked about it, it’s something I’m not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively. I’m not sure that [Benioff and Weiss] could really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production [on season 7]. It’s a pretty intense production, they’re about to start production soon. I’m open to it. The guys weren’t opposed to it, but there’s no concrete plans for it at this point.”
We recently found out that the seventh season of the series will only have seven episodes in total and won’t return until Summer 2017, meaning that Game of Thrones is definitely out of the Emmy race next year. Production on season 7 will begin this summer. For now, you can check out a pre-production tease from Comic-Con below.