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Important news as to the future of Game of Thrones was revealed at HBO’s presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour, held earlier today in Beverley Hills. 

HBO’s new programming president Casey Bloys announced that he plans to follow through with GoT’s executive producers’ intention of ending with Season 8. “Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys said of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. Bloys added: 

"Believe me, as the new [programming executive] coming in, if I could get them to do more, I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on what they think they can do the best version of the show."

Season 7 of Game of Thrones is set to air next summer, in 2017, and is expected to be seven episodes total. It was previously reported that Benioff and Weiss had only “13 episodes after this season.” 

After checking out the biggest differences between the GoT books and the TV adaptation, revisit the installment of the Fuse podcast Back of the Class devoted entirely to the Season 6 finale: