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Game of Thrones will end after eight seasons -

Game of Thrones will end after eight seasons, recently appointed HBO programming chief Casey Bloys has confirmed to Variety.

The show ended its sixth season earlier this year.

"Yes, I think (showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do," he said at the Television Critics Association in California, when asked if the show would end after eight seasons. "If I could get them to do more, I would take 10 seasons, but we want to take their lead with what they can do and what the best version of the show is."

However, this doesn't necessarily mean Game of Thrones will be forever gone from our screens after two more seasons, with talk of spin-off shows already exciting fans.

Bloys said he had held talks about spin-off shows with Benioff and Weiss, but admitted "there are no concrete plans" for a follow-up at this time. The showrunning pair are not "opposed" to the idea, added Bloys.

Season 8 of Game of Thrones will shoot later this year to make use of the winter weather conditions, meaning the season will be broadcast later than its usual April premiere slot.

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