HBO has just answered a huge lingering question about
EW asked the network’s new programming president Casey Bloys at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Saturday if he plans to go along with showrunners’ David Benioff and Dan Weiss’ oft-stated desire to end the show with season 8.
, that is the current plan – the first time somebody at HBO has confirmed this – although the executive added that he’d love to get the producers to do more seasons.
“Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys 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.”
“We’ve talked about it, it’s something I’m not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively,” he said. “I’m not sure that the guys could really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production. 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.”
Also, with the production delay of season seven – which will debut its seven episodes next summer – the executive confirmed the strategy will take
received 23 prime-time Emmy nominations, more than any other show this year, but requires a heavy amount of winter location shooting for the next season.
Still, Bloys pointed out, “Even if we took
emmys away this year we’d still have more than anyone else.”
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