Game Of Thrones‘ star Peter Dinklage has said “it’s time” for the show to end, before it “jumps the shark”.
The HBO series has already been confirmed to conclude with its eighth season, which will be broadcast next year.
Speaking to Variety, Dinklage said: “This is the final season, so it’s pretty long – it’s a long one. We’re really taking our time with this one. It’s bittersweet. It’s time to move on with everything, so it’s the sad part of our business – we get pockets of great people for short amounts of time, and then you have to move on and it’s always heartbreaking, especially when you’ve spent more than a couple of months with people.”
He continued to speak about the timing of the final season, saying “It’s time. Story-wise, not just for all of our lives. I think if they went further… it’s the perfect timing to end it. Sometimes shows stay on a little too long. The jumping the shark thing.”
Earlier this year, HBO confirmed that Game Of Thrones season 8 would not air until 2019. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, network boss Casey Bloys explained the delay.
“Here’s what I’ll tell you,” he said. “They take the time they need to do the show at its highest level of quality. As the show has gone on, it’s gotten bigger – big battle scenes, big special effects. These things take time.
“Here’s the one thing I can assure you,” he continued. “Dan and Dave [directors and writers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff] were not sitting around on a beach waiting to go back to work. They’re perfectionists and this is the soonest it can come back at a level of quality they are comfortable with.”