It's Official, Game of Thrones Is Ending After Season 8

Photo: Courtesy of HBO.
HBO has confirmed every Game of Thrones fan's fears: The popular show is ending. Worst of all, viewers will have to bid goodbye to Westeros and its popular characters way sooner than expected.

Entertainment Weekly spoke with HBO's programming president, Casey Bloys, on July 30. He said the show will end after its eighth season. These are the wishes of GoT's showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, and HBO plans to respect them.

"Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do," Bloys told EW during the Television Critics Association’s press tour. "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."

This news will surely deal a crushing blow to the show's 25 million viewers, who have followed George R.R. Martin's tale from its first episode. However, the news isn't all that unexpected.

After all, the seventh season has already been delayed until the summer of 2017. Plus, the sixth season is the first one that didn't have a book determining the script.

But don't lose hope, Westerosians! HBO is considering a spin-off.

"We've talked about it," Bloys told Entertainment Weekly. "It's something I'm not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively. I’m not sure that [Benioff and Weiss] could really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production [on season 7]. 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."

Who would a spin-off follow, though? The Starks? Maybe Jon Snow? Or the mother of dragons? That's where the fun begins: What does a post-Westeros world look like? We have two seasons to find out.
Advertisement

More from TV

A new Anne of Green Gables movie is on the way! Those of you who have been fearing the inevitable tense political debate with a long-lost relative that ...
There are two kinds of TV-watchers out there. The first are normal, well-balanced people who are dying from the very beginning to know how a series ends...
The Pfeffermans are back! To quickly get up to speed, check out our Binge Club for season 2. Already set? Let's get this started. Episode 1: "Elizah" ...
The 2016 Emmy Awards were off to a great start when a surprising announcement came over the loudspeaker. A voiceover announced the next presenter: none ...
It's been over 12 years since Friends ended. And we still miss the shit out of that show. Luckily, every once in a while we're blessed with a nostalgic ...
Wait, what? American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy just dropped a bomb on viewers — who are currently caught up in AHS season six, My Roanoke ...
Glee's cast sounds as dramatic as the characters they played. Ryan Murphy recently told Entertainment Weekly that all the fights and relationships ...
Kimmy Schmidt lives in her own world. It's a cross between middle school, the year 1999, and present-day New York. Mix in the fact that she was held ...
In a move that made Big Brother history, female contestant Nicole Franzel beat Paul Abrahamian in Wednesday night's finale, Buzzfeed reports. While this ...
It's no secret that Eleven on Stranger Things was the little-less-conversation-little-bit-more-action sort — minus the sexual Ariana Grande overtones. We...
There’s a certain feeling that wells up when you’ve just entered a room you were never supposed to be in. These rooms never have an overt warning sign; ...
Grey's Anatomy is back, and Alex is maybe a felon! The hospital's most lovable hothead finally snapped in a criminal way, beating the hell out of DeLuca ...
Amazing news, TV lovers of the world: Since we first published this story in 2013, there have been leaps and bounds in the number of streaming platforms ...
Awkward school photos, we've taken a few. That's why we can't help but sympathize with the doozy Kristen Bell pulled out on The Late Late Show Wednesday ...