Game of Thrones: When Will It End?

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Winter is here and it turns out, winter is a rather short season in Westeros.

At least when you compare it to how long we've all waited for it arrive.

New HBO programming president Casey Bloys confirmed today at the TCA press tour that Game of Thrones Season 8 will be its last.

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The eighth season, which has yet to be announced, is a given, of course.

"Yes, I think [the showrunners, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff] have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do," Bloys said.

"If I could get them to do more, I would take 10 seasons, but we want to take their lead with what they could do and what the best version of the show is."

If you recall, Game of Thrones Season has already been confirmed.

Not only will it consisted of a mere seven (7) episodes, but production has already been delayed.

It's not expected to premiere until Summer of 2017, which is a bit later than we usually get our taste of Thrones.

All was not moderately good or bad news, depending on how you're looking at it, though.

Bloys said the idea of a spinoff is still not off the table.

"We've talked about it," he said. "It's not something I'm opposed to but it has to make sense creatively."

I'm not sure the guys can wrap their heads around it when they are about to start production."

We're open to it; the guys aren't opposed to it but there's no concrete plans right now."

Hey, that's better than a sharp stick in the eye or a White Walker attack, right?

The late arrival date on the scene for 2017 will keep the series out of the Emmy race for 2017.

It will be strange hearing all of the nominations without Game of Thrones being tossed into the mix as if it had a will of its own.

Are you ready for the end? If you were in charge of choosing planning a spinoff, what route would you take?

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Game of Thrones Quotes

How am I supposed to sit here planning a war, when you're over there looking like that?

Robb Stark

Thoros: You still mad at us, boy?
Gendry: You sold me to a witch.
Thoros: A priestess. I'll admit, it is a subtle distinction.
Beric: We're fighting a great war. Wars cost money.
Gendry: I wanted to be one of you. I wanted to join the brotherhood, but you sold me off... like a slave. Do you know what she did to me? She strapped me down in the bed. She stripped me naked.
The Hound: Sounds alright so far.
Gendry: And put leeches on me.
The Hound: Was she naked, too?
Thoros: She needed your blood.
Gendry: Yes, thank you. I know that.
The Hound: Could have been worse.
Gendry: She wanted to kill me. They would have killed me if it wasn't for Davos.
The Hound: But they didn't, did they? So what are you whinging about?
Gendry: I'm not whinging.
The Hound: Your lips are moving and you're complaining about something. That's whinging. This one's been killed six times. You don't hear him whinging about it.