HBO: Game of Thrones Will End With Season Eight
Season 8 Will Mark the End of Game of Thrones
After becoming a widespread pop culture hit, HBO have formally announced that Game of Thrones Season 8 will be its last.
According to Variety, HBO’s programming chief Casey Bloys confirmed the news at the Television Critics Association in California. When asked if the eighth season would be the show’s last, he said:
“Yes, I think (showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do.
“If I could get them to do more, I would take 10 seasons, but we want to take their lead with what they can do and what the best version of the show is.”
Bloys also mentioned he has had talks with the showrunners about a potential spin-off or prequel series and although plans are far from concrete, Benioff and Weiss “weren’t opposed to it” in theory.
Game of Thrones has been an enormous success financially and critically earning to date 29 Emmy Awards and 109 nominations.
The pop culture phenomenon shows no sign of slowing down either as it heads towards its end date with the finale of season 6 earning 8.89 million viewers.
The TV show is based on the popular fantasy novels named A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin which are still ongoing.
The next book titled The Winds of Winter has no release date yet and Martin has previously stated there will be one more book titled A Dream of Spring after that.
Martin is a co-executive producer on the show and has written one episode for each of the first four seasons however he has stepped back from writing for the show in order to focus on writing The Winds of Winter.
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