We’ve known for quite some time that the final season of Game of Thrones was going to shorter than usual, with only six episodes expected.
But it seems that, just like Jon Snow, we may know nothing.
According to EW HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys said the bosses at Game of Thrones are still trying to decide how long the final season will be: “They’re still figuring out the shape of the season, what they want to do,” Bloys said.
“I’ll take as many as they want to do. If they give me eight, I’ll want 10. But it’s really up to them. They’ll let me know.”
This could be good news for fans of the show who are braced for next season (seven) which will reportedly have seven episodes and will gladly take additional hours in the last season of the show.
That said, as we reported before, a prequel series is still looking likely at HBO, with Bloys saying: “It’s such a big property we would be foolish not to explore it, but it’s a pretty high bar,” he said.
“We’ll take some shots at it. I’m not going to do it just to do it. It has to feel very special. I would rather have no sequel and leave it as-is then have something we rushed out.”
He also said that a prequel is more likely than a spinoff because a prequel series can feature all new characters and we all know there’s a wealth of implied history in the GoT universe that would be great to see onscreen, whereas a spinoff would need to use already established characters: “A prequel feels like it has less pressure on it [than a spin-off],” he said.
“[Author George R.R. Martin’s history of Westeros] gives you areas in which to say to a writer, ‘If you were going to do this, then go flesh it out,’ and we’ll see what comes back. But I don’t feel any pressure that we have to have something.”
So there you have it, all said and done, it looks like Game of Thrones isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Are you excited for a prequel series and possibly longer final season? Let us know…