Why HBO Hasn’t Confirmed How Many Episodes ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Will Have

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It’s guaranteed that Game of Thrones will have a season 8 and it is also highly likely that it will be the show’s last. Yet despite the knowledge that Game of Thrones season 8 is coming, HBO has yet to renew the show and there is a very good reason for it. TVLine reports that HBO is hoping to get more out of Game of Thrones season 8 than the previously promised six episodes.

The upcoming season 7 of Game of Thrones will only be seven episodes, contrasting with the usual 10-episode order. The original plan was for things to wrap with an even shorter season 8. Now that plan might be shifting.

HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys talked about the fact that Game of Thrones hasn’t been renewed yet and why he hopes there are more than just 13 more episodes of the series coming to TV.
“The only thing we’re working out is how many episodes they want to do,” said Bloys talking about Game of Thrones creators and executive producers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. “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.”
Season 8 is definitely coming however. Bloys explains, “If you’re afraid we’re not going to do an eighth season, I assure you we’re going to.”
Of course, HBO is interested in more Game of Thrones. The show is a bonafide hit for the network and no TV network wants to get rid of a hit while it is still such a massive success. At least HBO is willing to let Weiss and Benioff end the show whenever they think is right. Given how epic the scope of the story has been it could easily make sense that the finale could take longer than the six episodes that are planned.
“We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end,” David Benioff explained of the decision to wrap things up. “We’ve known the end for quite some time and we’re hurtling towards it. Those last images from (the season 6 finale) showed that. Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros, Jon Snow is king of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them. The pieces are on the board now … and we are heading toward the endgame.”
So what do you think? Do you hope Game of Thrones season 8 has more than six episodes? Do you hope somehow the show gets a season 9? Are you ready for Game of Thrones to end? How much longer would you like to see the show continue?
Game of Thrones season 7 will return in the summer on HBO.
 
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