Winter is coming, and so is the end.
Whilst you all might be enjoying the trials and tribulations of ‘Game of Thrones‘ tumultuous sixth season, the show’s creators are starting to turn their attentions towards the future.
And it’s a future that seemingly doesn’t have a whole lot of time left in it.
The series signed a deal with HBO not long ago that would see seasons seven and eight produced to air in 2017 and 2018 respectively. However, it’s beginning to look more and more likely that those seasons will have far fewer episodes in them than the 10 episode seasons we’ve all become accustomed to.
A while ago the quiet scuttlebutt suggested that David Benioff and Dan Weiss were mulling over exactly how many hours they wanted the series to run in total, with rumour suggesting that the number they settled on was 73.
With 6 ten episode seasons in the can, this would mean that Season 7 would potentially have seven episodes, and the final Season 8 would therefore have a mere six.
Now that rumour isn’t so much just wild speculation anymore, with director Jack Bender inadvertently confirming those earlier suspicions.
The man behind the heartbreaking demise of Hodor in the episode ‘The Door‘ and its subsequent follow-up ‘Blood of my Blood‘ spoke to Vanity Fair recently, and was probed about whether or not he’d return to add his uniquely deft directorial touch to any future episodes of GoT.
“I don’t know the answer to that. They’re only doing seven [episodes], and they’ve got their regulars who have done it forever. I know that I had a wonderful experience doing the show and I know that Dan and David are thrilled with the shows… I haven’t been asked yet and I also don’t know what their schedule is going to be. But under the best of circumstances, schedule and everything, I had a great experience doing the show. If available and they wanted me to, I would love to do that.”
JESUS BLOODY HELL THAT MEANS THERE’S ONLY LIKE… 17 EPISODE OF GAME OF THRONES LEFT.
We’re not ready. We’ll never be ready.
Source: Vanity Fair.