While this is really not breaking news, HBO made if official today: Game of Thrones will finish its groundbreaking run at the conclusion of Season 8.The word that winter is truly coming and there is absolutely a firm GoT exit plan came out of today’s HBO TCA event.
“I think David Benioff and D.B. have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” HBO Programming President Casey Bloys said. “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.”
Also confirmed was the number of episodes next season will consist of. Season 7 will be 7 episodes, while how many Season 8 will have is till TBA (online rumors point to six installments).
But don’t start getting too excited for the next new episode of GoT. The wait between seasons will be longer that usual, Season 7 won’t kick off in the summer of 2017 due to the necessary climate needed to shoot all things to do with “Winter Is Coming,” or rather “Winter Is Here.”
However, with a wealth of available material from the rich world created by George R.R. Martin, a second series set in Westeros is not out of the question.
“We’ve talked about it,” Bloys said today. “It’s something I’m not opposed to, but it has to make sense creatively. I’m open to it. The guys aren’t opposed to it, but there’s no concrete plans.”