Despite the outcry from fans and, presumably, HBO executives’ wallets, Game of Thrones creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff have long said the fantasy series would end after eight seasons. HBO finally made that official during Saturday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles.

“Believe me…if I could get them to do more, I would take 10 more seasons,” HBO executive Casey Bloys tells Entertainment Weekly. “But we take their lead on what they think they can do the best version of the show.” That means season eight is officially the end of Game of Thrones.

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