All shows must die — even Game of Thrones.

HBO programming executive Casey Bloys confirmed at this weekend’s Television Critics Association press tour that GoT‘s shortened eighth season will be its last.

The news, rumored for months by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, comes as no surprise to fans. Still, it’s the first outright confirmation from HBO. And if we’ve learned one thing from Game of Thrones, it’s not to trust something is dead until the show confirms it.

“Yes, they [Benioff and Weiss] have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys said. “If I could get them to do more, I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on what they think they can do the best version of the show.” Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ will end after eighth season, HBO confirms