The Game Of Thrones TV series was bound to come to an end at some point soon, given that there are approximately five people left in the whole of Westeros who haven’t yet been savagely murdered.
Nonetheless, HBO has now given a firm answer as to the when the beloved series will wrap up, with programming president Casey Bloys confirming that the eighth season of Thrones will be its last.
In a recent interview with EW, Bloys says that he had consulted with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, and is on board with their stated aim of wrapping things up after season eight.
While speaking at a Television Critics Association event, he told the publication:
“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.”
Benioff and Weiss have previously said that the eighth season will consist of just six episodes, but this is apparently still open for debate at the network, with Bloys saying that the number is not yet final.
As for whether the massively popular Thrones will get a spin-off, as with other popular cable productions like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, Bloys was somewhat coy.
“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.”
Yeah nah, there’s no way the network won’t try and milk this cash cow for all it’s worth. Stay tuned for Podrick, where the young squire moves to LA to kick-start his acting career, coming to HBO in 2019.