Game of Thrones is one of television’s most popular shows, but the fact is that the end is coming for the big HBO series. According to CNET, there will be two seasons left of Game of Thrones before the entire thing ends. Not only that, but there will not be two full-length 10-episode seasons left, but two shortened seasons remaining.
According to Game of Thrones showrunner David Benioff, there are only going to be 13 to 15 episodes left of the series. The idea right now is that there will be six episodes in one of the seasons and seven in the other. Benioff did say that there might be two more episodes other than those, just in cast the story warrants the extra time. Benioff just doesn’t want to pad out the end when it would play stronger as a lean, mean conclusion.
In an interview with Deadline, Benioff admitted that Game of Thrones wrapped up a lot of storylines in the final two episodes of Season 6, but there is a lot of story still left to tell, which makes it seem like the final two shortened seasons will be a lot more action and story and a lot less filler.
“We’ve been talking about the ending, from the beginning. It’s a strange phenomenon, we’re in this territory where you are walking on your own and can’t rely on the written material anymore. As we get close to the ending, we’ve been talking about that for so long, things come into better focus. Once we get to the final end game, we’ve got very specific ideas that have grown organically over the past six plus years about where everything will end up.”
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) June 29, 2016
However, with that said, both Benioff and co-creator D.B. Weiss want to end things while people still love watching Game of Thrones. There are a lot of shows, such as Sons of Anarchy, that seemed to lose steam as more story was added in between the great setup and the foregone conclusion. Benioff and Weiss do not want that to happen with Game of Thrones, with Weiss admitting that they want to leave the show while people are still into it instead of waiting for fans to ask when it will be over with.
When it comes to the actual Game of Thrones, Benioff said that it is ready for the final game. He pointed out that Season 6 ended with Jon Snow as the King of the North, Daenerys coming to Westeros, Cersei sitting on the Iron Throne, and the Night King waiting for all of them.
“The pieces are on the board now. Some of the pieces have been removed from the board and we are heading toward the end game. The thing that has excited us from the beginning, back to the way we pitched it to HBO is, it’s not supposed to be an ongoing show, where every season it’s trying to figure out new story lines. We wanted it to be one giant story, without padding it out to add an extra 10 hours, or because people are still watching it. We wanted to something where, if people watched it end to end, it would make sense as one continuous story. We’re definitely heading into the end game now.”
— The A.V. Club (@TheAVClub) June 30, 2016
It is also interesting that Game of Thrones will also come to an end before the book series that it is based on will conclude. George R.R. Martin told Weiss and Benioff what his ending was going to be so that they could gear the show to reach the same conclusion. However, since Martin’s novels are not written, it is pretty assured that the road to that conclusion will be different, and that might cause some excitement for Benioff and company as they map out this final Game of Thrones battle.
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