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HBO confirms 'Game of Thrones' will end after eighth season

Bill Keveney
Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in "Game of Thrones."
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Game of Thrones, HBO's epic Emmy winner, is locked in for seven episodes in Season 7, but there's no decision on the number for its eighth and final season.

The producers "are still thinking about it," HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said Saturday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "We'll take as many as they're willing to give us."

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Thrones' Season 7 premiere also will be delayed until later in 2017, because producers want to wait until outdoor scenery more closely matches the arrival of winter on the series. Thrones has aired 10-episode seasons, starting in spring, each year since its premiere.

Bloys acknowledged that the delay means last year's Emmy winner for best drama, which is in the running again this year, won't be eligible for Emmy consideration next year.