They give with one hand and take away with the other. We really should have expected this from the makers of the show that keeps killing off everyone we love.
'Game of Thrones' producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss sat down with Variety to promote the upcoming sixth season and when conversation turned to further seasons and how the show will end, the pair dropped one hell of a bombshell - that they only envision a further 13 episodes beyond the six seasons and 60 that they've already made.
"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."
Said episodes would be split over two more seasons, with season 7 getting seven episodes and season 8 getting six which means we could be looking at the last year of a 10-week run of Thrones on our TVs.
"We’ve known for several years now how many hours, roughly, we want it to go," Benioff elaborated to EW. "It hasn’t changed."
HBO bosses however were quick to say that nothing is set in stone yet, releasing a statement saying: "Any conversations about the end of Game of Thrones and the number of episodes of future seasons is purely speculative. As is customary, HBO will sit with Dan and David to discuss the details once a decision has been made to go forward with season 7."
We knew it had to end eventually but this just feels cruel.