Game Of Thrones Producers Have Confirmed That Final Season Will Only Have 6 Episodes

To everyone’s disappointment Game of Thrones will definitely ending this season. The show which began back in 2011 to some of the largest ratings HBO had ever encountered.

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These ratings only grew as the show progressed. Critically the show is enjoyed critical acclaim throughout it’s run and has been awarded an impressive 38 Emmy Awards, numerous Golden Globes and many other awards. So imagine the tears when fans learned that the series will end in 2018 with a shortened six episode eighth season. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss confirmed it on Sunday in Austin, Texas at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

“It’s only going to be six episodes for the final season. From the beginning we’ve wanted to tell a 70-hour movie. It will turn out to be a 73-hour movie, but it’s stayed relatively the same of having the beginning, middle and now we’re coming to the end. It would have been really tough if we lost any core cast members along the way, I’m very happy we’ve kept everyone and we get to finish it the way we want to.”

Despite the fact that HBO hasn’t announced the episode count for the final season the showrunners have already began dividing the workload and decided who writes what episode. “We argued over who got to kill Sansa,” Benoiff quipped. The producers also made it clear that following the eighth season’s end they’ll be departing the franchise with no intentions of being involved in any spinoffs, or prequel series that the network churns out.

Benoiff said “I think HBO might well do [another series] and I look forward to watching it and I think it be great, but I think they should get new blood in…” At the festival the producers were joined by Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Start). They showed no clips from the upcoming season and just spoke about the show answering as many questions as they could and were able to.

The actresses asked the producers who’d they bring back and they responded with Michelle Fairley’s Catelyn Stark and Jack Gleesons, Joffrey Baratheon. The four also told everyone their favourite death scene from the series:

  • Sophie Turner: Prince Oberyn Martell
  • Maisie Williams: Viserys Targaryen
  • David Benioff: Ramsay Bolton
  • Dan Weiss: Joffrey

There were other things said, one of the main one’s being that singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran would be starring in the seventh season of the show. When asked about the episodes leaking the showrunners said it was virtually impossible to control. They even made jokes in regard to the matter; “Should we just tell everybody what the ending is?” Weiss teased. “It’s a lot of work to shoot this. We could just tell everyone.”

Season 7 premieres July 16th on HBO.