The HBO PR Twitter feed Saturday afternoon, retweeted a tweet by TV.com confirming season eight of ‘Game of Thrones’ will be its last, with possible spinoffs.
— tv.com (@tvdotcom) July 30, 2016
HBO announced earlier in July ‘Game of Thrones’ will begin shooting its next season later this summer, and will only have seven episodes. Production will be based in Northern Ireland, while additional portions will be filmed in Spain and Iceland, with debut slated for summer 2017.
“Now that winter has arrived on ‘Game of Thrones,’ executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual when the weather is changing,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”
Season seven directors will include Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor.
The HBO powerhouse received 23 Emmy nominations including Outstanding Drama Series, 2 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington), 3 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Max von Sydow), 2 for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Miguel Sapochnik, Jack Bender) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss).