Back in January, we were happy to report that HBO were planning to bring Game of Thrones back for seventh and eighth seasons, guaranteeing at least two more years of Westeros action and violence.
While that was reassuring when it was first reported, it turns out that Thrones showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff are planning to shake the structure up in a big way.
They will reportedly wrap up the show “just 13 more episodes once this sixth season is over: seven episodes for season 7; six for the eighth and potential final season.” We’re not too happy about this.
“I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap,” Benioff said. “That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at.”
Luckily, Variety also reported that these are only rough and preliminary outlines for the final seasons, meaning we may get a 10-episode season seven and eight yet. We certainly hope we do. 13 episodes is a full seven less than normal – that’s a lot of storyline and action people!
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said that the producers are indeed looking to wrap up with two more season after the sixth.
“That’s my understanding from them right now, those have been the conversations we’ve had,” he said.
It’s slightly baffling that Weiss and Benioff are considering such an abbreviated finale for the show, especially considering the fact that the show continues to grow in scale and popularity. Ending with thirteen episodes spread over two seasons seems like going out with a whimper rather a bang.
Whatever happens, we’re stoked for season six and believe it will be the greatest season to date, with several long-standing mysteries and storylines set to be revealed and tied up. We have things like the Tower of Joy and Cleganebowl to look forward to.