The rumours have been swirling for a while – and in fairness not many shows last more than eight seasons, do they? – but it’s finally been confirmed by the showrunners D.B Weiss and David Benioff that ‘Game Of Thrones’ will be ending in the next couple of years.
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The pair think that they have a maximum of 15 episodes left in them, and that they’ll probably split these over two slightly shorter than usual seasons. Truth be told, there’s probably going to be even less than that right now. Here’s what Benioff had to say about it:
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.
We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end. As Dan 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 do 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.
And that’s that. I gotta admit it’s always better to end a show with the fans wanting more and not to outstay your welcome and it seems like ‘Game Of Thrones’ is making the right choice here. Let’s hope they end it in style and a conclusion that we’re all happy with, not like the end of fucking ‘Lost’. Don’t talk to me about that ever please.
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