"Game of Thrones" executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have previously teased it, now the pair used HBO's Television Critics Association panel today to confirm that the eighth season of the series will be the show's last. HBO programming president Casey Bloys tells EW:
"They [the showrunners] 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 lead on what they think they can do the best version of the show."
Bloys also spoke about the potential for a spin-off series. It sounds like the network is open to the idea but if it were to happen it would be a long way off.
"We've talked about it, it's something I'm not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively. 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."
"Game of Thrones" recently received 23 Primetime Emmy nominations, the most of any nominee for the third year in a row. The seven episode seventh season is expected to return mid-2017.
All good things must come to an end. And that's why they stay good.
One of the last British acting legends who has NOT been a part of HBO's "Game of Thrones" is finally joining the lavish fantasy series in its upcoming seventh season - the one and only Jim Broadbent.
As usual with 'Thrones' now that we've gone beyond the books, everything is being kept top secret. All that's known about Broadbent's role is that it will be significant.
Filming on the new season will take place in Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland, with a debut slated for Summer 2017 on HBO. The upcoming season will also be shorter than usual with just seven episodes.
Broadbent has been in several films this past year including "Eddie the Eagle," "The Legend of Tarzan" and next month's "Bridget Jones's Diary".
I remember Jim Broadbent when he was in the classic comedy "Only Fools and Horses" as DCI Roy Slater. He was wicked!!!
HBO has released a new full trailer and a dozen character posters for the seventh season of fantasy epic "Game of Thrones".
Boasting two minutes of almost entirely new footage, and all on a massive scale that any major blockbuster would envy, there's looks at everything from Daenerys' fleet arriving at King's Landing, the Night King advancing, massive land battles, and more.
"Game of Thrones" returns to the network with seven new episodes from July 16th.
"Game Of Thrones" Season 7 Smashes Ratings Records
The seventh season premiere of "Game of Thrones" broke ratings records on HBO Sunday night, the episode drawing in 16.1 million total viewers in overnights.
The figure is an incredible 50% increase from last year's premiere and the most-watched season premiere of any HBO series to date.
The episode also saw the highest number of concurrent viewers across the streaming services HBO GO and HBO Now.
Additionally, the premiere was also the show's most-tweeted episode of all time with 2.4 million tweets sent during the episode. Ed Sheeran's cameo alone accounted for approximately 7% of the online conversation.