Jon Snow may be alive, but our dreams of Game of Thrones staying on television forever are officially dead. And obviously we’re pretty devastated by the news.
The sixth season of the HBO show, which recently ended after some pretty darned big and exciting episodes, was one of the most-talked about and highest rated series of TV in recent years. So you’d think HBO would double down and keep it going for as long as possible, right? Wrong.
HBO’s president of programming, Casey Bloys, confirmed it. The executive came out to the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills over the weekend, where he told us that the eighth season of Game of Thrones will indeed be the show’s final season. Not that he wouldn’t keep it going if he could — apparently we have showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to blame.
“[The writers] have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys said. “Believe me, if I could get them to do more, I would take 10 more seasons. But, you know, we take their lead on what they think they can do [to make] the best version of the show.”
Forgive us if we want to set some of Dany’s dragons on them for that decision. In the meantime, the good news is that there will at least be two more seasons of the show. The seventh season (which will only be seven episodes), will premiere a bit later next year too, which means that even though there’s a longer wait in between it will also feel like we have Game of Thrones in our lives for a little longer.
The other good news? It sounds like there could be a spinoff at some point to look forward to.
“We’ve talked about it; it’s something I’m not opposed to,” Bloys confirmed. “But, of course, it has to make sense creatively. I am not sure that the guys can really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production [on Season 7}. It’s a pretty intense production. The guys weren’t opposed to it, but there is no concrete plans or anything like that at this point.”
Well let’s just hope that those plans begin to formulate soon. Because we can’t imagine a world in which we can’t get our Westeros on every Sunday night.