HBO casts doubt on reports 'Game of Thrones' will end after eighth series
HBO has cast doubt on suggestions that its hit show 'Game of Thrones' would definitely be coming to an end after its eighth season.
Casey Bloys, HBO's programming president, announced on Saturday that the station will abide by the wishes of David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the two men behind the series - both of whom believe that it should come to a natural end after eight seasons.
"Believe me, as the new programming president coming in, if I could get them to do more, I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on how they think they can do the best version of the show," Mr Bloys said.
But HBO has since told 'Buzzfeed' that Bloys's comments don't necessarily indicate that the show will only run for eight seasons.
"Casey did confirm Season Eight, but didn't really say for sure that's the end," a spokesperson for the network told the website.
There had been growing speculation that the series, which has gained a huge following, was drawing to a close. In April Mr Benioff said that the fantasy epic was entering its final lap. The seventh series, which begins next summer, will have seven episodes rather than 10.
"Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and DB 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," Mr Bloys added.
He added that he did not dismiss the possibility of a spin-off series: "We've talked about it," he said.