‘Game Of Thrones’ Could Conclude With Two Shorter Seasons

Like it or not, Game of Thrones has to end eventually. However, that ending might come sooner than you think. Game of Thrones‘ showrunners have revealed that they’re looking into a possibility that the final two seasons of the show could be shorter than the previous 10-episode runs associated with Game of Thrones.

Speaking to Variety, the series’ showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have said that they can’t see the show going much further following the conclusion of the upcoming season. Benioff told reporters that “I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap.” However, he was keen to point out that nothing’s set in stone yet and no formal decisions have been made around the final phase of Game of Thrones.

The show’s producers have already expressed in the past how difficult it can be to turn around a 10-episode run in a period of 12-14 months. That’s largely because Game of Thrones is produced much like a film and with such a large cast, production is no easy task. Weiss and Benioff went on to express how difficult it would be to continue to write and produce the show at the same rate they have been doing, explaining how the series is quickly crossing out of a television production schedule and into mid-range movie schedule.

Game of Thrones Showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss [Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]According to IGN, the most obvious solution to Game of Thrones‘ production limitation is for the final two seasons beyond Season 6 to of a shorter length; most likely, a 13 episode run in total. That view was also echoed by HBO’s programming president Michael Lombardo, who said that discussions are currently ongoing around shorter seasons, but again reiterated that talks were ongoing and nothing was set in stone yet.

There’s been widespread speculation around when exactly the winner of the Iron Throne would be revealed and Game of Thrones would come to an end, with many assuming that the series would close on Season 8. However, the news that the final two seasons could very well be shorter than previous seasons is definitely going to be something of a surprise revelation for fans of Game of Thrones. The news comes as the sixth season of Game of Thrones is set to air in just over a week, on April 24. The upcoming season is set to lay out the foundations for the Game of Thrones‘ end-game, ahead of those two final seasons.

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Continuing at its current rate and running up to eight seasons, Game of Thrones is likely to conclude in 2018, following the seventh season, which will be shown in 2017. It’s already been confirmed that Season 7 of Game of Thrones will begin filming in July. However, Benioff and Weiss didn’t digress how they plan on dividing up the remaining 13 episodes of the show, but we’d expect to learn more about that in the future.

Quality definitely appears to be at the forefront of importance for Game of Thrones‘ showrunners, who appear comfortable sacrificing the longevity of the show in favour of maintaining the standard they’ve set for themselves.

There’s definitely a considerable amount of excitement around HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones at the moment and that’s no surprise considering the next season of the show will debut later this month. The upcoming season of Game of Thrones is set to be the most exciting yet in the series’ history, with many fans assuming that this season will provide answers to some of the show’s biggest questions. In terms of who will win the Game of Thrones, it looks like fans of the show may not have to wait all that long until they find out the biggest answer of them all.

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