‘GAME OF THRONES’ MAY END WITH TWO SHORTENED SEASONS

In an exclusive interview with Variety, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said they are weighing wrapping up the Emmy-winning saga of Westeros and the battle for the Iron Throne with just 13 more episodes once this sixth season is over: seven episodes for season 7; six for the eighth and potential final season.

HBO has been quick to clarify that no official decision has been made. “In every conversation, that’s been [the showrunners’] thinking,” HBO entertainment president Michael Lombard told Entertainment Weekly. “It will be interesting to see how strongly they feel about being definitive about that when we are in a position to announce seasons 7 and 8.”

‘GAME OF THRONES’ MAY END WITH TWO SHORTENED SEASONS

HBO has been quick to clarify that no official decision has been made. “In every conversation, that’s been [the showrunners’] thinking,” HBO entertainment president Michael Lombard told Entertainment Weekly. “It will be interesting to see how strongly they feel about beIt’s long been speculated that the show would end with season eight; HBO signaled back in January that they were in talks with Weiss and Benioff for two more seasons. Fans might have expected that the two additional seasons would run the usual 10-episode-per-season stretch, but the executive producers say the shorter run will enable them to spend more time per episode. “Thrones” is set to go back into production in July.ing definitive about that when we are in a position to announce seasons 7 and 8.”

Sources later clarified those exact numbers were premature, given that the showrunners are now just beginning to outline their plans, but said that any upcoming seasons may be shorter than the full 10 episodes of seasons past.

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

While the “Game of Thrones” showrunners said the shorter-episode scenario is their hope, HBO executives made it clear there’s no deal yet in place. “We’re still in conversations,” said Lombardo.

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