‘Game of Thrones’ to end with eighth season; spin-off still a possibility

BEVERLY HILLS , Calif., July 30 (UPI) — HBO’s new programming president Casey Bloys has confirmed Game of Thrones will end with its eighth season.

“Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys told Entertainment Weekly at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills Saturday. “Believe me, as the new [programming executive] coming in, if I could get [the showrunners] 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.”

Bloys also said he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a Thrones spin-off, The Hollywood Reporter said.

“We’ve talked about it. It’s something I’m not opposed to, but, of course, it has to make sense creatively,” he emphasized. “I’m not sure that the guys could really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production. 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.”

Season 6 of the medieval drama recently wrapped and an abbreviated, seventh season is to air next summer.

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