“Game of Thrones” executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have previously teased it, now the pair used HBO’s Television Critics Association panel today to confirm that the eighth season of the series will be the show’s last. HBO programming president Casey Bloys tells EW:
“They [the showrunners] have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do. 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.”
Bloys also spoke about the potential for a spin-off series. It sounds like the network is open to the idea but if it were to happen it would be a long way off.
“We’ve talked about it, it’s something I’m not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively. 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.”
“Game of Thrones” recently received 23 Primetime Emmy nominations, the most of any nominee for the third year in a row. The seven episode seventh season is expected to return mid-2017.