Final ‘Game of Thrones’ Seasons May Be Shorter Than the Rest

By April 14, 2016

There’s been quite a lot of noise made about the events and scale of Game of Thrones season six, which is set to premiere on HBO in just a few short weeks. Several of the series’ cast members have called it the best season of the series yet, and as it moves further and further past what’s already known from George R. R. Martin’s novels, the unpredictability factor of the series is only going to increase tenfold moving forward.

The sixth season is set to be one of the show’s final outings though, with only an announced seventh and eighth seasons to follow afterwards before Thrones finally reaches it’s highly-theorized ending. It looks like fans might have to expect even less of Thrones following the upcoming sixth season though, according to some new comments from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

While recently speaking with Variety, the two showrunners revealed that they believe there will only be thirteen more episodes to follow the ten in season six, giving season seven an appropriate seven episodes, and the eighth season only six.

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

Now the report is quick to mention that none of this has been made official, and since Benioff and Weiss are only just entering into their outlines and plans for the final two seasons, it’s possible that number may change, though HBO did confirm that the final two seasons may end up being shorter than the previous six, which were all comprised of ten episodes each.

This is interesting because it means that the progress made in season six must be even greater than we had thought, considering how much Martin himself still has yet to write in the novels, before he even comes close to reaching the story’s conclusion. However, Benioff and Weiss have both been very adamant over the past few years in making sure that the show’s quality never dips drastically, and if that means only twenty-three more episodes of Thrones (counting season six) left, then I guess that’ll have to do.

The sixth season of Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO on April 24th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    As long as the final 2 season don’t all of a sudden go Sherlock Speed!!!!!

  • Omar Amin

    What they are probably saying is that since they don’t have GRRM content to pull from, creating new scripts from the ground up is a difficult prospect. I suspect the last seasons will indeed be less nuanced that the first 5-6 have been, hence will likely dip in quality despite their best efforts. It’s quite a shock to hear this, personally, but understandable. It also begs the question, how closely if at all are they consulting with George to get the closing seasons storylines complete?…