Just when you’ve come to terms with the fact that Game of Thrones won’t be back in April – Due to the long-awaited arrival of winter in the season six finale, filming has been pushed back for season seven, with a return date at some point late summer – HBO announces that the hit series will officially end at season 8. The show about warring factions, family disputes, power plays, and….and… bewbz, it will all be over. *insert sad face here*
The show’s creators, D.B. Weiss andDavid Benioff have always stated their intentions to end the series after eight seasons, and that the final two seasons would only comprise of 13 episodes.Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming, confirmed that Game of Thrones final season will be the eight, stating:
“[Weiss and Benioff] have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do. If I could get them to do more, I would take 10 more seasons. We take their lead on how they think they can do the best version of the show.”
As tremendously upsetting as it is to hear one of the best TV shows in history is closing in on its 3rd act. However, this really come as that much of a shock. The show is built around the book series from George RR. Martin. While the show has eclipsed the book and ventured into telling some of its own stories, as well as spoiling a few key elements (like certain character deaths and the revival of others), it is a series that has an end. It is a finite story. Like any good book series, a TV series knows too when to end it.
While the events of GoT are leading into their swan song, it might not be the end for the brand itself. There is always the potential of spin-offs. There is plenty of material. What fan wouldn’t love to see a prequel or mini-series or even a movie – Seeing Ned and Robert being fostered by Jon Arryn at the Vale, Aerys turn into the Mad King, Tywin quitting as the Hand of the King, young Jaime being knighted into the Kingsguard, Cersei’s early scheming days, the tourney at Harrenha, Rhaegar deciding to be a knight and eventually falling in love with Lyanna, the battle at the trident..etc.
On the possibility of GoT carrying on in some form after season 8, Boys said:
“We’ve talked about it. It’s something I’m not opposed to but it has to make sense creatively. The guys weren’t opposed to it but there are no concrete plans.”
So there is hope that the world of Westeros will carry on, but really, all good things must come to an end. Or as Game of Thrones would put it “All men must die.”.