Fear not, the end of Game of Thrones isn’t going to happen in the near future. You can still gear up for season 6 as planned, and most likely season 7, although HBO hasn’t made an official announcement yet. However, according to Entertainment Weekly, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are discussing an end plan for the series and how many hours it should be. Benioff and Weiss are solid on 73 hours, and Benioff told EW,”We’ve known for several years now how many hours roughly we want it to go.”
So what does this mean for Game of Thrones? Well, it’s a good possibility that season 6 might be the last 10-episode season for the series. The proposed plan has season 7 with 7 episodes and season 8 with only 6.
This is of course all speculative, we’re not sure what Benioff, Weiss and HBO’s president Michael Lombardo have up their sleeves, but no matter what ending the series is going to be a difficult one. Lombardo commented to EW:
“[Ending Thrones] will be a tough one for me – partly as an executive and partly as a fan,” Lombardo says. “A show that resonates this way and works on all levels, it’s painful to imagine it ending. At the same time, David and Dan have a big responsibility and I respect that enormously. If we just keep going then we’re doing what the [broadcast] networks have done – and nobody wants to do that.”
Yes, if you do keep going with Game of Thrones, you’re just acting like other networks, but aren’t you taking a page directly out of AMC’s official playbook in how to milk the final season of a show for all they’re worth? At this point, the show has gone past George R.R. Martin’s novels, so really now is the time when the possibilities for the series are endless.
Season 6 of Game of Thrones premiers on HBO April 24.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)