When you play the Game of Thrones, you play until season 8. Earlier today HBO programming president Casey Bloys talked about the popular fantasy-series with the press during Saturday’s Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, and he didn’t mince words for GoT fans.
The very first question that Bloys took was about Game of Thrones, which shouldn’t surprise anyone since it is the most popular series that the network offers, but the news was bittersweet. Bloys confirmed what many had expected, that season 8 will be the final adaptation of the popular George R.R. Martin series, and we will finally know which house lasts the longest.
“Yes, I think [the showrunners, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff] have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys said. “If I could get them to do more, I would take 10 seasons but we want to take their lead with what they could do and what the best version of the show is.”
It was recently revealed that Game of Thrones season 7 will be delayed because of weather conditions on set, but the seven-episode long seventh season will just be a prelude to the ultimate conclusion brought on by the eighth and final season.
Bloys didn’t rule out a spinoff though. “We’ve talked about it,” he told the press. “It’s not something I’m opposed to but it has to make sense creatively. I’m not sure the guys can wrap their heads around it when they are about to start production. We’re open to it; the guys aren’t opposed to it but there’s no concrete plans right now.”
With the winter delay, fans will have to wait until next summer to watch the seventh season. Normally Game of Thrones premieres in the spring schedule. That also means that no Game of Thrones stars or episodes will make the 2017 Emmy race, also confirmed by Bloys.