HBO has officially confirmed ‘Game Of Thrones’ will end after season eight

However, HBO's programming president says he's 'not opposed to' a spin-off series

Game Of Thrones will definitely be ending after its eighth season, HBO has confirmed.

The network’s president of programming, Casey Bloys, said today (July 30) that the decision has been made by showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss.

“They have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”

Benioff and Weiss are due to start shooting season seven shortly. It will feature seven episodes, three fewer than previous seasons, and will debut on HBO in summer 2017. The eighth and final season is expected to follow in 2018.

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Asked about the possibility of a spin-off series, Bloys said today: “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 showrunners] could really wrap their heads around it when they’’e just about to start production,” Bloys continued. “It’s a pretty intense production, they’re about to start production [on season seven] soon. I’m open to it. The guys weren’t opposed to it, but there’s no concrete plans for it at this point.”