Daenerys had better make haste sailing to the Seven Kingdoms.
At the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday, Casey Bloys, the relatively new programming chief of HBO, confirmed that there are but two more seasons to win the Game of Thrones (or, per Cersei, die trying).
“Believe me, as the new guy, if I could get them do to more, I would take 10 more seasons,” Bloys said. “But we take their lead on what they think they can do [to make] the best version of the show.”
Last month, “Game of Thrones” executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said they would like to end the series in 73 hours. That leaves roughly 13 more episodes of the show in two truncated seasons. Season seven of “Game of Thrones” will run only seven episodes instead of the usual 10.
Bloys also confirmed that season seven’s delayed start of production (for reasons obvious to anyone who has listened to a Stark at any point, they need to wait for winter) will mean that the show is ineligible for consideration at the 2017 Emmy Awards. So, too, did he dangle the possibility of spin-offs (Game of Whatever Happened Back in Meereen?).
But, as in King’s Landing, nothing is settled that simply: a spokesperson from HBO then told BuzzFeed Bloys “didn’t really say for sure that’s the end.” Still, Bloys’s statement seems to suggest that the executive producers’ creative vision will win out over HBO’s commercial interests. Which means that, in all likelihood, there are but two seasons left for the Iron Throne to be won and for Slate writers to determine who is, in fact, the worst person in Westeros. (Littlefinger, guys. It’s Littlefinger.)