The season 6 finale for Game of Thrones is arguably one of the best, but fans will have to wait until 2017 before the debut of season 7. Unfortunately, HBO show runners have confirmed that there will only be 15 episodes for the new season, which means season 8 will only have about 10.
“It’s two more seasons we’re talking about…From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that’s what we’ll end up with. Call it 73 for now,” states David Benioff, one of the show’s co-creators in an interview with Deadline.
Benioff goes on to say, “We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end…As Dan [Weiss] said, we’ve known the end for quite some time, and we’re hurtling towards it. Those last images from the show that aired last night showed that. Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros; Jon Snow is king of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, 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,” he explains. “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.”
Well they are doing an amazing job. Although neither creators of the show have confirmed a specific number of episodes for the remaining seasons, you can easily conclude that less than 20 episodes will be aired to complete the 70-75 hours they were talking about.
Talking about the season finale for one of the biggest shows on television leaves a bitter sweet taste in my mouth. I’m excited but distraught at the same time. It’s gonna be hard to find something to replace Game of Thrones with.
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– Written by Patricia “Patty” Tamayo