Game of Thrones producers confirm just six episodes for final season

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After so many years of teasing that it became an internet meme that even your mom shared on Facebook, Winter has finally come to the world of Game of Thrones. Just don’t expect it to stay long though. As was revealed last week, HBO’s multiple award-winning adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic will be returning for its penultimate seventh season this coming July, a bit later than its usual April premiere as a result of the production wanting to get more wintry weather shooting done. Not only is this season delayed though, but its also shortened, going from the usual ten episodes to just seven. And it will be getting even shorter after that.

While speaking at SXSW Film Festival (via EW), executive producers and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirmed rumours that bounced around last year that the show’s eighth and final season will in fact just have six episodes. But this is all according to plan though.

“It’s only going to be six episodes for the final season. From the beginning we’ve wanted to tell a 70-hour movie. It will turn out to be a 73-hour movie, but it’s stayed relatively the same of having the beginning, middle and now we’re coming to the end. It would have been really tough if we lost any core cast members along the way, I’m very happy we’ve kept everyone and we get to finish it the way we want to.”

As Jon Snow knows nothing revealed in the recent teaser trailer, “There’s only one war that matters… The Great War. And it is here”. This is of course alluding to the epic final battle of ice and fire that will more than likely take place between the undead army of the White Walkers and Daenerys Targaryan and her dragons. An epic battle that sounds like it’s going to need lots and lots of very expensive visual effects, which definitely will help to explain the lower episode count.

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But this is maybe not the end of Game of Thrones though, despite the fact that it’s the end of Martin’s story. There have been rumblings for a while now that HBO were considering some kind of spinoff series. Just what form this spinoff would take (prequel, parallel story, etc.) is unknown, but if it were to happen, Benioff confirmed that him and Weiss would not be a part of it.

“I think HBO might well do [another series] and I look forward to watching it and I think it be great, but I think they should get new blood in.”

Game of Thrones will return to TV screens with its seventh season premiere on July 16.



Last Updated: March 14, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

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  • Skittle

    I really hate this show. I decided to check out the first episode when it first aired (I read the books prior) and it completely destroyed the way I pictured the characters, I guess I should’ve expected that. But now with it being so popular, with memes sprouting everywhere, every single character has been ruined.


    • For the Emperor!

      I only started reading the books after watching the first season. I remember getting to the chapter where Ned gets his close shave, and realised it was told from Aria’s perspective! Parked the book for more than a year before I could read that chapter lol. Glad I finished the first book though. Just need to get stuck into the second one now.

  • Original Heretic

    Among avid fantasy readers, George RR Martin is one of the most hated men. Ever.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Hordor …

    • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

      Wherook! Wherook! Wherook! Wherook! Wherook! Wherook!

      *Where’s THE FINAL BOOK, GEORGE!!!

  • HvR

    23 episode of floppy penises and only 6 with fighting dragons and ice zombies

    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

    • The episodes are going to be about 30mins longer though

  • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

    Where’s the final book, George?

    But seriously though, I’m a bit worried about how they’re going to tie all the loose ends together in just six episodes – unless George is just killing off everyone and leaving Westeros a wasteland of corpses and the undead.

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