HBO showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss had earlier expressed their desire to wrap up Game Of Thrones post season 8, but there was no official confirmation from the network. However, it seems like the channel's new programming president Casey Bloys may have confirmed that the fantasy series might after all come to an end post season 8.
Speaking with Entertainment Weeklyduring the Television Critics Association's press tour in Beverly Hills, Bloys said that they might have "a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do".
"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 [Benioff and Weiss] lead on what they think they can do the best version of the show," he added.
Game Of Thrones fans will not only have to make do with just two more seasons of the highly-rated drama, but also with less number of episodes in the final run of the show.
Previously, the show's producers had said that like GOT season 7, which is slated to have only seven episodes; season 8 too would feature just 6 episodes. On that topic, Bloys said that the exact count of episodes for the final season has not yet been determined.
With a viewership of 25 million this year, Game Of Thrones is enjoying unmatched popularity amongst the audience and critics alike. The HBO show also bagged a whopping 23 Emmy nominations for the year. Considering these facts, a GOT spin-off would not be a complete surprise; but according to Bloys it has to make sense "creatively".
"We've talked about it," he said and added, "It's something I'm not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively." He also confirmed that the show creators weren't opposed to it, "but there's no concrete plan for it at this point".