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Game of Thrones Season 7 confirmed for seven episodes…

June 28th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Game of Thrones director Jeremy Podeswa has confirmed that season 7 will be shorter than usual, spanning just seven episodes as opposed to the usual ten.

A few weeks ago, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss shocked some fans by saying they have envisioned 13 hours of story after season 6, meaning the final two seasons will be curtailed, report our friend s over at Squareeyed.tv.

“I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap,” said Benioff at the time. “That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at.”

While they said nothing was set in stone, regular Game of Thrones episode director Podeswa has seemingly confirmed season 7’s length.

During an interview with YouTube channel GoldDerby, Podeswa said: “I think next season will be different because [I think] it’s already been announced that there’s seven episodes, as opposed to ten.”

Podeswa, who directed ‘Home’ and ‘The Red Woman,’ this season’s opening two episodes, said he is a fan of the format which sees directors helming two episodes back-to-back, allowing for a firmer grasp over the various storylines running through the show.

“I think it makes more sense doing it that way. I think if they had 10 directors doing 10 episodes it would be a nightmare. But with 5 people, it’s a controllable amount of work and it works pretty well,” he said.

So, there you have it. Game of Thrones season 7 will be shorter. It’s disappointing, yes, but with the season 6 finale setting up the war to come so expertly, we’re sure not a single scene will be wasted as we approach the home stretch of the world’s most popular television series.

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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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