HBO confirms end of Game of Thrones series after season 8

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HBO has confirmed that the fantasy-thriller phenomenon Game of Thrones will be coming to an end after Season 8.

Recently HBO renewed the series adapted from George R.R. Martin’s novels for a shortened seventh season consisting of seven episodes.

The eighth season will bring the saga to a close. The number of episodes for that last cycle has not been determined, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said Saturday at the Television Critics Association’s summer conference. “We’ll take as many as the (producers) will give us,” he said.

After that, a spinoff remains a possibility.

“We’re open to it, the (producers) aren’t opposed to it, but there’s no concrete plans right now,” Bloys said.

“Game” won’t be back with its seventh season until next summer, missing the deadline for the 2017 Emmy competition, which it routinely dominates. Last year, “Game” scored a dozen Emmys.

“It’s always better to win more Emmys,” Bloys said. “But the main goal is to do the best show possible for our subscribers and fans.”

The recent announcement that the seventh season of Game of Thrones will arrive in summer next year and will only have seven episodes has dismayed many fans, including this writer. This is a sad departure from showrunners’ usual policy of premiering the show in spring and each season has had 10 episodes yet.

It has never been easy to fight off the withdrawal symptoms when it comes to Game of Thrones. With its dizzyingly complex storyline that weaves several plot threads and hundreds of characters together seamlessly, and well-rounded characters with shades of grey, Game of Thrones is amazingly addictive.

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