HBO: 'Game of Thrones' Will Wrap After Eight Seasons 

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When Game of Thrones premiered on HBO in April 2011, fans of the source material—George R. R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice—thought they knew where show was going. When GoT began to outpace the novels, though, speculation ran rampant over when or how the show might wrap. On July 30, Casey Bloys, HBO's new president of programming confirmed in his first appearance before the Television Critics Association that GoT will end after two more seasons.

The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg writes HBO executives would love Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff to do 10 seasons, but say, "We want to take their lead with what they could do and what the best version of the show is."

The recently-wrapped sixth season of GoT ended with an average of 25 million viewers across HBO's multiple cable and web platforms. It is, by-far, the most-watched series in the network's 45-year history. The show's seventh season, which will reportedly be only seven episodes long, is scheduled to begin airing in the summer of 2017.  

THR reports Bloys isn't ruling out a possible spinoff when GoT concludes, presumably in 2018.

"We've talked about it," Bloys told the TCA. "It's not something I'm opposed to, but it has to make sense creatively. I'm not sure the guys can wrap their heads around it when they are about to start production. We're open to it; the guys aren't opposed to it, but there's no concrete plans right now."

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