The bad news just keeps coming for us, fellow Game of Thrones fans, and this is the worst of all: season 8 will officially be the last season.
This weekend, it was reported by a number of publications, including The Telegraph, that Game of Thrones would definitely be coming to an end after its eighth season.
Casey Bloys, HBO’s programming president, announced on Saturday that the station will abide by the wishes of David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the two men behind the hit series (both of whom believe that the show should come to a natural end after eight seasons).
“Believe me, as the new programming president 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,” Mr Bloys said.
But HBO has since told Buzzfeed that Bloys’s comments don’t necessarily indicate that the show will only run for eight seasons.
“Casey did confirm Season Eight, but didn’t really say for sure that’s the end,” a spokesperson for the network told the website.
There had been growing speculation that the series, which has gained a huge global following, was drawing to a close. In April Mr Benioff said that the fantasy epic was entering its final lap.
The seventh series, which begins next summer, will have seven episodes rather than 10.
“Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,” Mr Bloys added.
“Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”
Even though Game of Thrones will be ending, Mr Bloys did not dismiss the possibility of a spin off series.
“We’ve talked about it. It’s something I’m not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively.”
After a slow start, “Game of Thrones” has grown into one of most spectacular successes in TV history. The season 6 finale in June drew nearly 9 million total viewers on the night of the premiere, a record for the series. HBO said that season 6 averaged more than 23 million total viewers on all platforms.
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