HBO has confirmed that ‘Game of Thrones’ will come to an end after season 8 in 2018….
The end is near for ‘Game of Thrones’.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys confirmed on Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour that ‘Game of Thrones’ will officially come to a close at the end of season 8.
Of course, Bloys would love for show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss to make several more seasons of the most popular show in HBO history, but he also understands that this is the end the team has always envisioned so it’s time to say goodbye to Game of Thrones.
“Yes. they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys said. “Believe me, as the new (programming president) 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.”
Bloys also confirmed a previous release from HBO that ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 would only be seven episodes, but he was tight lipped when asked about the episode order for season 8. All Bloys could say was that number has not been determined yet, although Benioff and Weiss have both commented recently that six episodes is the most likely order for the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’.
As sad as it was to get confirmation that ‘Game of Thrones’ is ending, there was a possible light at the end of the tunnel.
Bloys said he’s open to the possibility of a ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff and he’s chatted with the show runners about it as well and they seem open to the idea, although no deal has been struck in regards to another possible series.
“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 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.”
Benioff and Weiss have stated that a ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel has been tossed around previously where the show could explore many past stories that happened before the genesis of the show currently airing on HBO.
Given the tremendous success ‘Game of Thrones’ has been for HBO, it’s hard to imagine Bloys and the other executives won’t attempt to push for a prequel spinoff once the show wraps in 2018.
As for ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7, the show is slated to debut in Summer 2017.