It was the worst-kept secret in television – but it's finally out there.
Game of Thrones will end after season 8, bringing to an end one of the most watched and acclaimed programmes of all time – and breaking the hearts of binge-watchers all over the world.
The confirmation comes from HBO exec Casey Bloys, who said that the decision was very much a creative one on the parts of showrunners David Beinoff and DB Weiss:
"Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” he said.
“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."
The eighth season will be shorter than the show's other seasons, which have all contained 10 episodes so far, and is currently scheduled to air in the summer of 2018... which means that fans at least have plenty of time to prepare for the jarring withdrawals.
Let the grieving process begin...