The Straits Times
31 July 2016
US broadcaster HBO confirmed on Saturday (July 30) that hit fantasy drama TV series Game Of Thrones will not continue after its eighth season.
Speaking to the BBC at the Television Critics Association's Conference in Beverly Hills, California, HBO's programming president Casey Bloys said it had not determined the number of episodes for the final season.
"We'll take as many as the (producers) will give us," he was quoted as saying.
It was announced earlier this month that the series' seventh season next year will have only seven episodes- a departure from the 10-episode schedule of each of the previous six season.
Season 7 will also debut only in the summer, compared to previous seasons which started in March or April.
Season 8 will be in 2018.
Based on the novels written by George R R Martin, the TV series has been breaking viewership records and picking up a slew of awards.
The Season 6 finale on June 26 drew 8.9 million viewers - the largest audience in the history of the series.
Last year, it raked in a record-breaking 12 Emmy awards and is leading the field again for this year's awards in September with nominations in 23 categories.