The future is dark and full of endings. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys confirmed that season 8 of Game of Thrones will be the final season of the hit series, but don’t let yourself think that he or anyone at HBO is happy about it.
According to Variety, Bloys had this to say at this summer’s TCA Press Tour.
“Yes, I think (showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” he said. “If I could get them to do more, I would take 10 seasons, but we want to take their lead with what they can do and what the best version of the show is.”
I’m sure they’d be perfectly happy to ride that dragon until it was shoe leather as Bloys went on to say that he had discussed the idea of a spin-off or a prequel with Weiss and Benioff. For their part, the showrunners don’t seem to have given Bloys any indication that they’d be interested in those avenues. But, as Bloys put it, they “weren’t opposed to it” either.
Of course, a prequel or spin-off would require either more books from George R. R. Martin or a complete departure from his story, so we’ll see how that goes.
For now, Weiss and Benioff are busy working on season 7 which has been pushed back for a summer 2017 premiere and a shorter season of only seven episodes. Season 8 is estimated to be between 6 and 8 episodes. As they start to wrap up the show, they’re shortening their episode count to make sure they’re telling the story without filler.
I’m guessing season 7 will be all about getting Cersei off the throne and setting up her replacement. Dany looks the most probable, but there’s one hell of a battle ahead and I’m already looking forward to the interactions between Tyrion and Cersei.
If I had to hazard a guess on season 8, I’m guessing that’s going to be all about The Night’s King.
Here’s hoping that the extra time off gives Peter Dinklage more time to work on his pronunciation of the word “benevolent.”
Personally, I’d like Tyrion, Jon, and Dany to rule together with one dragon for each. The three of them ensure that the blood of many houses are represented and they’d balance one another out.
Make Brienne head of the Kingsguard, Sansa the Queen in the North, Sam the Grand Maester, Arya the Hand of the King/Queen/Throne… and someone needs to get Gendry off that damn dinghy!