Just ahead of the premiere of the ten episode sixth season of HBO’s fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have indicated that their plans to wrap up the saga seem to be coming to an endpoint.
Speaking with Variety, the pair say they are weighing wrapping up the saga with just thirteen more episodes once the sixth season is over. Said episode block would be split in two – seven episodes for Season 7, and six episodes for Season 8.
Benioff says: “I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap. That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at.”
Weiss added the sheer scale of the episodes in these final ones mean they can’t do ten episodes in a year timeframe anymore: “It’s crossing out of a television schedule into more of a mid-range movie schedule.”
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo says no deal in place yet for shorter seasons so it’s wait and see for now. The seventh season is scheduled to go into production this July.