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Big changes coming for Game of Thrones after Season 6, it seems…

April 15th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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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.

According to Variety (via Squareeyed), the producers are considering making abbreviated final seasons, splitting the end into two seasons, one consisting of seven episodes and the other six.

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.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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