Goodbye, Jon Snow! Game of Thrones will officially end with season 8. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys confirmed the news during a TCA executive session in Beverly Hills on Saturday, July 30.
“Yes. They have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys said of showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. “Believe me, as the new guy 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 show in.”
While season 7 of the series is locked in at seven episodes, it’s still unknown how many the network will film for its final season. “The guys are thinking about it,” Bloys added. “They know we’ll take as many as they want to give us.”
For now, fans will just have to wait until next year for more episodes. Season 7 will return in summer 2017 instead of the series’ usual April premiere time. Bloys revealed that the delay means that GoT won’t be eligible for the 2017 Emmy Awards. (In January, George R.R. Martin, the author of the GoT book series, revealed that the next novel is not finished and he missed its deadline.)
“It’s always better to win more Emmys. That said, that’s not our main goal. The main goal is to do the best show for our subscribers and fans,” Bloys said. “And so we take Dave and David’s lead on what they need to do the best show, and obviously shooting in a cold climate is what they need. The byproduct of that is we’re not going to be in Emmy consideration. That’s something we’ll just have to live with.”
A spinoff, however, isn’t necessarily out of the question. “We’ve talked about it. It’s something I’m not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively,” he said on Saturday. “There’s no concrete plan or anything like that at this point.”
Game of Thrones debuted in 2011 and stars Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Maisie Williams.
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