We’ve been hearing a lot lately that Game of Thrones may only have two seasons left before the story reaches its natural conclusion, and following confirmation of a delayed premiere and shorter episode count for season seven, HBO has now revealed when it will actually end.

“Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ intentions to finish Game of Thrones after its eighth season (which will air in 2018).

“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.” However, that doesn’t mean the show can’t still make the money!

Asked about the possibility of a spinoff of some sort, he added: “We’ve talked about it, it’s something I’m not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively. I’m not sure that the guys could really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production. It’s a pretty intense production, they’re about to start production soon. I’m open to it. The guys weren’t opposed to it, but there’s no concrete plans for it at this point.”

The future of Game of Thrones beyond season eight remains to be seen then, but don’t expect the current crop of characters to outstay their welcome based on these comments!