HBO has just cleared up, in no uncertain terms, one of the biggest questions hanging over its wildly successful “Game of Thrones.” EW.com reports that programming chief Casey Bloys confirmed during an appearance Saturday at the Television Critics Association Press Tour that the fantasy series will end with season eight.
While the desire of showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss to wrap the show after eight seasons has long been known, this was the first time that anyone at HBO has confirmed the plan, EW reports.
Responding to a question from EW, Bloys reportedly said: “Yes, they 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 was less definitive about the number of episodes that will make up season eight. The showrunners have indicated they see the final season as consisting of just six episodes, but Bloys indicated the number is still being decided.
Season six of “Game of Thrones” ended its run in June, and season seven is about to begin production, with summer 2017 targeted for the season seven premiere.