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The hit HBO series couldn't last forever

By Maria Mercedes Lara
Updated July 30, 2016 09:45 PM
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The end of Game of Thrones is coming.

HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the hit fantasy series would end after season 8.

The news may not come as a huge surprise to GOT fans as showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss had previously stated that they wanted the series to end after its eight season.

“Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Saturday. “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.”

However, while Benioff and Weiss had previously said the eight season would only consist of six episodes, Bloys said the exact number of episodes in the final season has not yet been determined.

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As for a GOT spinoff, Bloys said he had talked about the possibility with Benioff and Weiss but that it would have to “make sense creatively” and that the showrunners couldn’t really plan for it as they prepare to begin production on season 7.

The seventh season of GOT is expected to premiere in summer 2017 on HBO.