The end of #GameOfThrones as we know it is fast approaching. Showrunners Benioff and Weiss have already announced there are just two seasons left, with 13 episodes between them. But then, Iain McGlen gave a statement that said there might be 15 hours of content left. We still don't have a release date for Season 7, and Season 8 hasn't technically been green-lit at all.
Why would HBO hold back on giving the go-ahead to their most successful show of all time? It's not because they don't want it to happen, that's for damn sure. Various HBO execs — specifically programming president Casey Bloys — have often stated that they'd be more than happy to let Game of Thrones go on forever. And despite official statements from Benioff and Weiss saying they want to let the story resolve itself naturally, and the best way to do that is to call it quits in 2018, Bloys still believes there's a chance for more episodes.
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He told TVLine that plans for Season 8 are definitely in the works, but they can't quite decide on how many episodes it should be:
"The only thing we’re working out is how many episodes [Benioff and Weiss] want to do... They’re still figuring it out because I think they’re trying to get a shape of the season. They always do what they think [will yield] the best version of the show. It’s all about how many they’re comfortable [with]. But I’ll always take more."
Unsurprisingly, Bloys says he "hopes" the show creators will decide to do more than the previously discussed six episodes, but nothing is for sure yet. The president of programming has previously stated that he's up for anything, really, as far as Game of Thrones is concerned:
"I’ll take as much as we can get. I want everything I can get for HBO, I’ll just leave it at that."