Game of Thrones Season 8 is not yet officially renewed, even though everyone is certain it will happen. Apparently, it is because the HBO bosses are crossing their fingers for more episodes.
The showrunners of the hit HBO series David Benioff and D.B. Weiss previously announced that there are only 73 hours left for Game of Thrones. That means there will only be 13 more episodes to go which will be split with seven episodes for Season 7 this year while the final season will have six.
This, of course, is significantly lower than the usual 10 episodes per season of GoT. And it appears the Game of Thrones bosses are still mulling over the number of episodes for Season 8.
Possible GoT Prequel?
HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys told EW.com that the bosses are still “figuring out the shape of the season,” and thus the renewal for Game of Thrones Season 8 did not happen formally yet. He adds he will take as many episodes as they want to do.
Casey also admits that they would be “foolish” not to explore the series with its bombshell success. That is why they are possibly looking for options like a prequel or a spin-off, but Casey says a prequel is more likely to happen because there is “less pressure.”
However, Casey says it has to be “very special” because he will not “do it just to do it.” He says he would rather end the series “as-is” rather than having something that is “rushed out.”
In The Works
In the meantime, the cast and crew are reportedly finishing their shoot in Iceland. It is previously announced that Game of Thrones Season 7 will air later this year and not in April to make way for shooting later for winter.
While Game of Thrones Season 8 is still under the process of more mulling over with its remaining episodes, Season 7 is expected to air sometime this summer.