The wait is almost over for HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. With the show finally premiering April 24, details as to what to expect in the coming season have slowly trickled out from the minds behind the series and the major players who star in it. Nothing too big has been revealed; in fact, HBO even opted out of sending screeners to critics this year, ensuring that the big premiere would be a surprise to all (save for President Barack Obama who’s gotten his own private copies of the first few episodes). And while the annual waiting game between seasons is the best/worst thing for diehard fans, that tradition could be nearing the end.
In an exclusive interview with Variety, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discussed the future of Game of Thrones post-season six, which would include two final seasons with less episodes. “I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap,” Benioff told Variety. “That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at.”
And while the idea has always been to wrap up with an eighth and final season, nothing is concrete, except for shorter seasons – that seems to be almost definite. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo briefly touched on their plan, “That’s my understanding from them right now, those have been the conversations we’ve had,” he told them. “Because where these narratives go, it feels like another two years to them. As a television executive, as a fan, do I wish they said another six years? I do.”
Shorter seasons, while the thought may devastate GoT fans, makes total sense. From everything we’ve heard and seen thus far, season six promises to be the show’s biggest to date. Trying to outdo what they’ve already done becomes increasingly harder with 10 episodes. With 13 final episodes, seven for season seven and six for the eighth, this would allow GoT creators to spend more time on those crucial moments.
But as HBO and Variety have made clear – there’s no deal in place.
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