HBO will end Game of Thrones after season eight, leaving us with only two more seasons of bloody battles, power-jostling, gratuitous nudity, and physical and metaphorical backstabbing.
HBO's new president of programming, Casey Bloys, responded to a question about the show's run on Saturday at the Television Critics Association's press tour in Beverly Hills, marking the first time the network has officially confirmed when the show will end. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have often articulated their want for the show to end after eight season, and Bloys confirmed he will go with their recommendation.
"Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do," Bloys said. "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."
But all hope is not lost. Bloys said he is open to doing a spin-off of the series.
"We've talked about it, it's something I'm not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively," he said. "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."
So start praying to the Seven that we get a Tyrion or Dany spin-off in three years.
[H/T Entertainment Weekly]