HBO Confirms That Game Of Thrones Season 8 Will Be Final… Let’s Cry Now.

Wow, this is a big blow to Game of Thrones lovers… it’s done. Season 8 is the end.

It’s been several months since Game of Thrones’ creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss first spoke about their plans for the final two seasons of the show, and now, HBO officially confirmed that season 8 of Game of Thrones will be the show’s final season. In a statement for Entertainment Weekly, the network’s new programming president, Casey Bloys, says that he’s fully behind creators Benioff and Weiss’ decision to end the show after eight full seasons.

Bloys says that if it were up to him, the show would run for 10 more seasons, but the network will respect the decisions of the creative driving force behind the successful series. “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 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.” There have been rumors that the final two seasons of the show will have less than 10 episodes, but Bloys says that a decision on that front has yet to be made. He was also asked if they are considering making a spin-off series, but he remained coy, claiming that it was up to show runners Benioff and Weiss, and writer George R.R. Martin to decide.

“We’ve talked about it,” he said. “It’s something I’m not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively. I’m not sure that [Benioff and Weiss] could really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production [on season 7]. 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.”

Fans have been complaining about key characters being left out of the series and a spin-off presents the perfect opportunity to tell more exciting stories from the fantasy world that George R.R. Martin created. We already know that he’s up for it and, even if Weiss and Benioff aren’t, there are certainly more creative minds working in Hollywood that can bring Martin’s world to the small screen. Bloys also said that Game of Thrones will not be in contention for next year’s Emmys because of the production delay which has pushed the show’s premiere well into the summer.

Thrones has enjoyed success with critics, winning 23 prime-time Emmy nominations in 2016, overshadowing every other show currently on television. The production delay is due to changes in filming conditions. Regardless, as Bloys points out, “Even if we took Thrones’ Emmys away this year, we’d still have more than anyone else.”