Fans of HBO's Game of Thrones may be eagerly anticipating finally getting the resolution on the story that Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin stubbornly refuses to give them. But we could probably deal with waiting a little bit longer than just thirteen episodes.
We know that the upcoming seventh and penultimate season of the hit show will consist of just seven episodes, and the eighth season is expected to consist of just six. However, according to comments by HBO programming president Casey Bloys to website TVLine, the network is willing – perhaps even eager – to produce more than that. It all relies on showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
"The only thing we're working out is how many episodes they want to do," Bloys said, answering why the network hasn't officially renewed the show for a final season, which, by the way, he says will definitely happen. Bloys also said he hopes the showrunners will do more than six episodes. "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."
So nothing is set in stone about 2018's Season 8 of Game of Thrones. Well, except for the fact that it, too, will be out before The Winds of Winter.