Long live the Seven Kingdoms! Not only does Game of Thrones return for an action-packed Season 6 on Sunday (24 April), but we have a solid confirmation of Season 7!
However, this means we are one season closer to the end of the Song of Ice and Fire television series. While the executive producers would not disclose how many episodes will air for Season 7, there have been rumors that they will shorten it to seven instead of the normal 10 episodes.
They would, then, do a mere six episodes for the eighth and final season of the show.
This rumor goes with a report from TVLine, which shines light on David Benioff and D.B. Weiss' plan to make an "abbreviated end game" for the HBO favourite.
“I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season,” Benioff said in an exclusive interview with sister site Variety. “We’re heading into the final lap. That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone.”
HBO President Michael Lombardo spoke to reporters at the 2015 Critics Choice Awards, saying that all signs point to at least "two more years for the Emmy-winning series following its forthcoming Season 6."
“[The producers are] feeling like there [are] probably two more years after [Season] Six,” Lombardo said. “I would love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”
While we cannot say for certain why the producers are ending the series so soon, it could have something to do with their outpacing George R.R. Martin's books. As we all know, Martin is still hard at work on Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the series.
Most of the upcoming 10 episodes of Season 6 are based on detailed notes from Martin himself, so fans can be assured the show will not deviate from the author's vision too much. However, the producers have to keep the final episodes in line with the plots they have already put into motion.
Are you guys excited for Season 6? What could they possibly do to us in Season 7?
Pray to the old gods and the new at least one of our favourite characters survives...