HBO have confirmed that Game of Thrones' eighth season will also be the last in the television adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire saga.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys announced the network's plans for Game of Thrones at the Television Critics Association press tour Saturday, adding that the network will abide by showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss' desire to end HBO's highest-rated program after Season Eight, Entertainment Weekly reports.
"[Benioff and Weiss] have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do," Bloys said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Saturday. "Believe me, as the new [programming president] 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."
In a previous interview, Benioff and Weiss suggested that they were aiming to do only two more seasons to bring the series to the vicinity of 73 episodes.
Like the series' upcoming Season Seven, which will feature an abbreviated seven episodes instead of the usual 10, the eighth season will also be shorter than previous years; Bloys hinted at only six episodes for the final season, but the exact number hasn't been determined yet.
The eighth and final season is just the latest bad news for Game of Thrones fanatics, as viewers also recently learned they would have to wait until summer 2017 for the show's next season, as opposed to the usual springtime premiere.
"Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing," Bloys said in a July 18th statement. "Instead of the show's traditional spring debut, we're moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule."
However, eight seasons might not completely mean the end of Westeros on television: When Bloys was asked whether a spinoff series was possible, he responded, "We've talked about it. It's something I'm not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively."
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