HBO confirms final season of Game of Thrones

There’s been a lot of chatter recently about the ending of Game of Thrones and when that might occur. The word has been that the show will go on for two more seasons composed of seven to eight episodes each. Now, it’s been confirmed: Game of Thrones will end after season eight.

After Entertainment Weekly asked HBO’s new programming president Casey Bloys if he will go along with the plan of showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss for eight seasons, he said he would and that it is the current plan, the first time someone at HBO has confirmed this.

“Yes, they 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 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.”

Regarding the number of episodes season eight will contain, Bloys had no concrete answer. Although, he did have a few words to say about a possible spin-off to one of the most watched shows on TV.

“We’ve talked about it,” he said. “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.”

Most fans of the show won’t like hearing that it’ll all end in a few years with only a handful of episodes to air, but the decision is consistent with HBO’s, and many other cable channels’, philosophy of quality over quantity. Having minimal episodes and a set end date lends itself to a tighter script and an overall better product.

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Glen has been reading comic books and playing video games his whole life. His unhealthy passion, however, is for film. He currently resides in Ottawa, Canada.