Game of Thrones to conclude in 2018

  • 31/07/2016
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones season six (HBO)
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones season six (HBO)

The end is nigh for acclaimed television show Game of Thrones, with HBO's programming president confirming it will finish in 2018.

Casey Bloys told Entertainment Weekly that the show's creators expressed a desire for it to run eight seasons long before the first episode went to air - and Bloys says HBO will stand by that.

"They have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do," he said.

"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."

The last two seasons of Game of Thrones will go to air as planned in 2017 and 2018, though they will both be shortened, with a collective total of 13 episodes.

Due to the show's popularity with a whopping 25 million viewers, Bloys says they are considering a spinoff.

"We've talked about it - it's something I'm not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively," he told Entertainment Weekly.

"I'm not sure that [the show's creators] could really wrap their heads around it when they're just about to start production [on next season].

"I'm open to it - the guys weren't opposed to it, but there's no concrete plans for it at this point."

The seventh season of Game of Thrones is set to premiere mid-2017.