HBO Boss Talks 'Game of Thrones' Spinoff Plans, Confirms Season 8 Will Be Its Last!
By Leanne Aguilera
Listen up, Game of Thrones fans! We've got the latest news on the fate of your favorite Westeros residents.
HBO's President of Programming, Casey Bloys, has officially confirmed that season eight of Game of Thrones will be its last.
"[GoT executive producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff] have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do," Bloys explained on Saturday to a room full of reporters at the summer Television Critics Association press tour. "Believe me, being the new guy, if I could get them to do more, I would take 10 more seasons. I take their lead on what they think they can do the best version of the show."
According to Bloys the "best version" of George RR Martin's book to TV adaptation includes a much later premiere date for season seven -- the show will return in summer 2017 instead of usual spring debut -- and will include a lesser number of episodes.
"The exact number for the seventh season is locked at seven [episodes,] but the eight season, I'm not sure yet," Bloys shared. "The guys are still thinking about it and they know we'll take as many as they want to give us."
Although it's official that Game of Thrones will end after the next two seasons, that doesn't mean that we'll have to leave some of our favorite Westeros characters behind. Bloys revealed that conversations about a Game of Thrones spinoff have been ongoing between the creators and the premium cable network, although specific details have not been locked down.
"We’ve talked about it. It’s something I’m not opposed to, but of course, it has to make sense creatively," Bloys said.
"I’m not sure that the guys can wrap their heads around when they’re just about to start production -- it’s a pretty intense production -- but I'm open to it," he continued. "The guys weren't opposed to it, but there are no concrete plans or anything like that at this point."
We don’t know about you, but we're currently praying to the old gods and the new that some version of Game of Thrones continues to stay our screens for many more years.