Not exciting news to fans of Game of Thrones! After much rumours, well it has been confirmed that the series is wrapping up their story in thirteen episodes using shortened seventh and eighth seasons.
These rumours have been confirmed by the showrunners themselves. David Benioff has told Deadline that “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.”
When you add to this The Door director Jack Bender’s previous statement that “They’re only doing seven [episodes]” in season 7, we can surmise that the current plan is for two shorter seasons – season 7 consisting of 7 episodes, and season 8 consisting of 6 episodes.
Benioff went on, in that Deadline interview, to tease the ultimate endgame conclusion of Game Of Thrones…
“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. 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.”
Reports reveal that Sunday’s 69-minute finale “The Winds of Winter” delivered an all-time high of 8.9 million linear viewers.
Overall, Season 6 ratings are up 15% from Season 5, among the few dramas successfully expanding its audience with each season. Sunday premieres are up 6% , with HBO Now and HBO Go digital platforms up a whopping 70% over last year.
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