It’s been confirmed: Game of Thrones will be wrapping up with the season 8 finale.
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have suggested it in the past, but HBO programming chief Casey Bloys has now locked in it as fact. During the recent HBO TCA executive session, Bloys confirmed that there are only two seasons of the television phenomenon left, and Benioff and Weiss are the ones behind the decision.
“I think David Benioff and D.B. have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do. If I could get them to do more, I would take 10 seasons, but we want to take their lead with what they can do and what the best version of the show is,” Bloys said, echoing the sentiments the showrunners had expressed earlier this year.
Talking about the decision to make the next two seasons shorter (a factor Bloys confirmed by announcing that season 7 will indeed consist of 7 episodes), Benioff had the following to say in an interview that took place around a month ago:
“We wanted it to be one giant story, without padding it out to add an extra 10 hours, or because people are still watching it. We wanted to do something where, if people watched it end to end, it would make sense as one continuous story.”
There’s no official word on just how many episodes the final season will hold, although the 13-episode count suggested for the final two seasons points at six.
Game of Thrones spinoff
The TCA session also brought confirmation that a spinoff is indeed being considered.
“We’ve talked about it,” Bloys said.
“It’s something I’m not opposed to, but it has to make sense creatively. I’m open to it. The guys aren’t opposed to it, but there’s no concrete plans.”
With Game of Thrones being the massive success that it is, you can imagine that HBO is searching other avenues from which to expand on the brand. Don’t hold us to it, but you can certainly expect some kind of spinoff to eventuate.
Game of Thrones‘ seventh season is expected to start in June 2017, a few months later than the usual April kickoff. The delay comes down to production needing colder, more gloomy weather to film in. After all, winter is here.