When it comes to Game of Thrones, some things are certain. Valar morghulis, for starters – all men must die – and sadly, so must TV shows.
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, speaking at the Television Critics Association, announced that Game Of Thrones is likely to extend beyond the seven seasons initially plannes to an eighth, and stop there.
"They are feeling two more years after six," Lombardo said.
He did, however, say HBO were open to the idea of a prequel.
Elsewhere in the talk, he discussed season five's controversial rape scene involving Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), saying: "This show has had violence as part of its many threads from the first episode – there are no two showrunners more careful about not overstepping what they think the line is."
Lombardo also waded in on the Jon Snow debate – if only to add a full stop to speculation: "[Despite] everything I've seen, heard and read, Jon Snow is dead."
It seems the (HBO) president has spoken.
Game of Thrones' sixth season is currently being filmed and will air in 2016.