All good things must come to an end. Sadly, that includes HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, which will be ending with their eighth and final season in 2018. Fortunately, for GoT fans (like Unbox), HBO hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a spinoff series or two set in the same franchise.
HBO Programming President Casey Bloys confirmed the news with Entertainment Weekly, stating that the showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, had a specific timeframe for ending the series and that HBO had no qualms about it.
“Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” said Bloys. “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.”
The final two seasons of Game of Thrones will air in 2017 and 2018. The seventh season will have seven episodes, but for the final eighth season, no episode count has been decided yet.
Bloys also commented on continuing the franchise through a spinoff series, saying: “It’s something I’m not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively. 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.”
HBO’s Game of Thrones will be continuing with its seventh season in the summer of 2017. The debut of the show’s seventh season has been delayed due to weather concerns in the show’s filming locations.