When the news came that Season 7 of Game of Thrones was to be shortened to just seven episodes instead of the usual ten, fans were discussing the possibility that the show was possibly coming to its natural end, with so much happening in the Season 6 finale suggesting the final lines were being drawn and the key players positioning themselves for the Iron Throne and with a record breaking 23 Emmy nominations from this past season.
Well this weekend, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss used HBO’s Television Critics Association panel to confirm that the eighth season of the series will indeed be the show’s last season.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, HBO programming president Casey Bloys confirmed the news:
“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.”
Rumours have also surfaced of a desire to launch a possible spin off show from the main Game of Thrones adn Bloys also spoke about this potential idea:
“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 the guys could really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production. 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.”
This news will no doubt make the now also delayed wait for Season 7, due to air in summer 2017 as a result of weather issues stalling filming, more painful.