Game of Thrones really loves death, so much so that they're killing their own show after Season 8—even if HBO wants more, more, more. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys announced the end of the show at the Television Critics Association press tour, confirming the rumored wishes of showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss to end after two more seasons.
"Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do," Bloys said when asked by Entertainment Weekly if Season 8 would be the last. "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."
Season 7, which has been delayed to get better "winter" weather, has been rumored to be abbreviated to seven episodes, down from the usual 10. "It's two more seasons we're talking about. From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that's what we'll end up with," Benioff told Deadline. "Call it 73 for now." That means about 15 more episodes split over the next two seasons. Bloys declined to say how many episodes would comprise the final season.
Will 15 more hours be enough to wrap up the dozens of plot lines laid out by A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin? The final episode from last season helped streamline things a bit, but there are still a few holes that need filling, like have Gendry's arms fallen off yet. Or will Robert Arryn fulfill his dream of throwing someone out the moon door? And will we get the Bronn/The Hound buddy adventure spinoff we deserve?
"We've talked about it," Bloys said of a possible spinoff or sequel. "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."
We'd watch a series following Tyrion as he eats and drinks his way Anthony Bourdain-style through every major wine region in the Seven Kingdoms and across the Narrow Sea. Just saying.