Game of Thrones Is Definitely Ending After Season 8…But What About a Spin-Off?

The bad news just keeps coming for us, fellow Game of Thrones fans, and this is the worst of all: season eight will officially be the last season.

HBO president Casey Bloys confirmed Saturday during HBO’s summer press tour that there are only two more seasons left of everybody’s favorite show. Combine this with the fact that season seven will be shorter than normal, and it will be delayed, and won’t be eligible for the 2017 Emmys, and we might as well all just go into hibernation for the next year.

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Game of Thrones will return next summer with just seven episodes

The next season of Game of Thrones will officially debut later than usual and with fewer episodes. HBO now confirms that season seven will air next summer with seven episodes, three fewer than the usual 10.

“Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys in today’s announcement. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

“WE’RE MOVING THE DEBUT TO SUMMER TO ACCOMMODATE THE SHOOTING SCHEDULE”

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Benioff and Weiss revealed on the UFC Unfiltered podcast earlier this month that shooting had been pushed back due to the weather. “We’re starting a bit later because, you know, the end of this season, winter is here, and that means sunny weather doesn’t serve our purposes anymore,” they said at the time.

That season seven will have only seven episodes also jibes with what the show runners recently said about the final stretch of the acclaimed show. In an interview with Deadline, Benioff stated that the show had 15 episodes left in it at most. All this means that the final season will have up to eight episodes to show who will win the Iron Throne.

Game Of Thrones shares bloopers at Comic-Con panel

For a show that has become as tonally dark as the worst winter in the history of the Seven Kingdoms, Game of Thrones‘ lighter moments of comedic relief are as life-giving as the R’hllor, the Lord of Light. Knowing full well that Comic-Con attendees are rabid for any new information about or footage from Westeros after the most epically grim and gripping season finale to date, HBO graced fans with the funniest supercut in the history of the show, and it’s a breath of fresh air.

Below you can peep an entire blooper reel from season six, featuring Peter Dinklage messing up the word “benevolent” a thousand times, Kit Harington covering up his junk before he reanimates, Rory McCann (the Hound) struggling to chop wood with an ax, and Emilia Clarke seriously butchering the Dothraki language. It is an incredibly lighthearted look at the moments from Thrones that are otherwise anxiety inducing and tense. Sure, we rely on Tyrion for these moments in the show, but that is what makes his IRL bloopers that much funnier.

During the panel, HBO also released a beautiful behind-the-scenes look at the sets and props that are evidently from the forthcoming seventh season. We see hands cutting and smoothing wooden props, sharpening metal swords, and setting up complex sets. The biggest tease from the video comes when we see the script from the upcoming season finale being dropped on a desk in front of us. So close but so far away! Just let us read one page, David and DB! Come on dudes, we can’t wait until next summer to find out what happens to the inhabitants (living and dead) of the realm.

These Game of Thrones Stars Picked Who They Want to Rule Westeros

The seventh season of Game of Thrones won’t go into production for months so, on the show’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con, there wasn’t much in the way of news. There was, however, much to discuss about who all the panelists thought should end up on the Iron Throne.

It began when Sophie Turner had a pretty surprising answer when she was asked if Sansa Stark felt her brother, Jon Snow, was worthy of ruling the North. “I’m not sure [Sansa] believes Jon is capable of running Winterfell and the north,” she said, “He doesn’t have the intellect, knowledge or experience that she has and I concur.”

At that point, each member of the cast was asked who they’d love to see sit on the Iron Throne, as the ruler of Westeros, when the show comes to a close.

Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth, said the only clue we have about the end of the series is George R.R. Martin’s suggestion the answer is “bittersweet.” For Cunningham, that means he has a vision of a white walker on the throne. He pictures the Night King, with a leg thrown over the side, smoking a big cigar.

John Bradley, who plays Sam Tarly, didn’t want to answer the question because he was worried he’d make a guess and end up be right. He didn’t want some footage popping up in a few years of this moment and him spoiling it for everyone. Nevertheless, out of loyalty, he said Jon Snow.

Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Missandei, went with a similar answer—she picked Danaerys out of loyalty.

Conleth Hill, who plays Lord Varys (looking unrecognizable with a full head of flowing locks), quickly dismissed the question and said he knows for sure who’ll be sitting on the throne at the end, so he can’t say.

Turner,said she’d like to see Littlefinger on the throne. This, of course, got a chorus of boos to which Turner had a ready response. “It would be fun and quirky, sadistic, and we like that kind of thing,” she reminded fans. “We all watch Game of Thrones.”

Faye Marsay, who played The Waif, also went the simple route. She said Arya Stark would make a great ruler.

Being a bit of a homer, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, a.k.a. Bran Stark, said he’d want four Starks to rule. Jon on the throne, Sansa advising, Arya kicking ass and Bran doing his tree wizard thing.

Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays everyone’s favorite lovable protector had an excellent answer that surprisingly wasn’t “Hodor.” He chose Brienne of Tarth, with the caveat that he didn’t think the Iron Throne would be worth much after the invasion of the White Walkers.

Ironically, it was Iwan Rheon, Ramsay Bolton himself, who had the least peaceable answer to the question: He suggested they melt down the Iron Throne and install a democracy.

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