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Game of Thrones' eighth season will be its last

Game of Thrones

Story by Jack Foley

THE eighth season of Game of Thrones will be its last, it has now been confirmed.

New HBO programming president Casey Bloys made the revelation while speaking to the press at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour – although he could not confirm how many episodes the final run would comprise.

Bloys said: ““Yes, I think [the showrunners, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff] 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 could do and what the best version of the show is.”

He did, however, raise some good news for die-hard fans of the show who are already wondering what to do once the show end. The idea of some kind of spin-off is on the table.

“We’ve talked about it. It’s not something I’m opposed to but it has to make sense creatively. I’m not sure the guys can wrap their heads around it when they are about to start production. We’re open to it; the guys aren’t opposed to it but there’s no concrete plans right now.”

Game of Thrones rates as HBO’s most-watched series. The recently concluded sixth season attracted an average of 25 million total viewers across multiple plays.

A shortened seventh season — consisting of just seven episodes — is due to air in the summer of 2017, later than normal owing to the delay in production caused by the necessity to wait for a more wintery shoot.

However, the shortened episode numbers have prompted many to speculate how long the final series could be, given that the producers have always stated that they envision a total of 75 episodes of the series as a whole. Through season six, the show has delivered 60 episodes.

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