'Game of Thrones' to end after season 8, but 7th still ahead

In this undated image released by HBO, Lena Headey appears in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (HBO via AP, File)

HBO is confirming what "Game of Thrones" fans never wanted to hear: The fantasy-thriller phenomenon will be coming to an end after Season 8.

Recently HBO renewed the series - adapted from George R.R. Martin's novels - for a shortened seventh season consisting of seven episodes.

The eighth season will bring the saga to a close. The number of episodes for that last cycle has not been determined, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said Saturday at the Television Critics Association's summer conference.
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