It would seem that the end is nigh for Game of Thrones. As anticipated, HBO confirmed that Season 8 will be the last season for the show. Already looking at 2 abbreviated seasons was already going to be rough for fans, but hearing this confirmation really drives it home.
This news also comes on the coattails of the announcement that season 7 will have only seven episodes and will be delayed a few weeks in its release. The show runners want to be able to film in winter, meaning season 7 will not air until closer to June, but that change isn’t really that massive.
The show was only ever intended to have a 70-75 episode run from the start, according to David Benioff, co-creator of the show. This is why we will only be getting 2 abbreviated seasons to end the series, but frankly, this is a proper ending. With the narratives all drawing to a close, the show does need to come to an end, no matter how depressing that is to fans.
Still in the works, however, is the last 2 books in A Song of Ice and Fire, the novels by George R.R. Martin that provides source material for the show. Fans of the books have been waiting patiently for over 5 years for the Winds of Winter, and the time most have feared is upon us: the show will be done before the books. But fear not fans, the ending of the story is George Martin’s still, and the show will end accordingly. So for now, have patience and be careful: For the wait is long and full of potential spoilers.