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Final season of Game of Thrones confirmed as six episodes long

03.13.2017

After years of providing battles, blood, drama in fancy gardens and gratuitous nudity, the beginning of the end for GAME OF THRONES will commence this July with season seven, which will lead into the final eighth. This upcoming season will have a shortened episode order of only seven episodes, and we now have confirmation that the final season will have even less.

How less, you ask? Well, word out of South by Southwest is that the final season of the fantasy epic will be only six episodes long, down from seven this season which is down from the usual ten. So, the season will virtually be half the length of a normal season, meaning you’d have more time to spend in Italy on a layover than you have left to spend in Westeros. So little time left, but so much blood left to spill.

Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss spoke about the impending finale on Sunday, saying they’ve always wanted the show to end this way by making, in essence, a 70-hour movie:

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.

They also spoke about the plans HBO has for a spinoff series:

I think HBO might well do [another series] and I look forward to watching it and I think it’ll be great, but I think they should get new blood in.

This new season of GAME OF THRONES is already starting later than normal, kicking off on July 16 when normally it would be airing around this time of year.  The date was announced last week during a Facebook event, accompanied by some small teasers, revealing that summer was indeed about to get a little…ahem…chilly. That sounded cooler in my head.

I love THRONES and season six had some pretty astounding moments and left on a tremendous note, and I can’t wait to see how things progress in this next season, leading up to the finale next year. They don’t have as much time left, so I’m eagerly waiting to see how they tell a cohesive story in fewer episodes in these last seasons. All I know is those White Walkers HAVE to be getting close to something else by now. That is, unless, the twist is they've been walking in the wrong direction.

Catch the new season on July 16.

Source: EW

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10:47AM on 03/14/2017
I think it's okay. The longer the show is being produced and new episodes come out, the less time it's old. Seasons 1-6 were all 10 episodes, so I wouldn't expect them to do a 13 episode season. The part I find relevant is David Benioff and Dan Weiss said they wanted to tell a 70-hour movie. It's right there in the article above. So why isn't it a 10 episode, normal, and final season 7 only? Either way, it's a great show and something great to look forward to.
I think it's okay. The longer the show is being produced and new episodes come out, the less time it's old. Seasons 1-6 were all 10 episodes, so I wouldn't expect them to do a 13 episode season. The part I find relevant is David Benioff and Dan Weiss said they wanted to tell a 70-hour movie. It's right there in the article above. So why isn't it a 10 episode, normal, and final season 7 only? Either way, it's a great show and something great to look forward to.
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6:59PM on 03/13/2017
These guys are hopelessly lost with book material.
These guys are hopelessly lost with book material.
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3:00PM on 03/13/2017
As a fan of the show (haven't read all the books)is the climax/finale of this show essentially the White Walkers vs. the dragons? Is that what this is all leading to? Just curious.
As a fan of the show (haven't read all the books)is the climax/finale of this show essentially the White Walkers vs. the dragons? Is that what this is all leading to? Just curious.
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4:00PM on 03/13/2017
No one knows for certain considering there are still a couple more books coming out. One is coming out this year I heard and then who knows when the final book will be released because he is such a slow writer. The producers of the show know essentially what is going to happen in the books and how it is going to end but ever since last season they have been doing their own thing because even they don't know all the details that are going to be in the last two books.
No one knows for certain considering there are still a couple more books coming out. One is coming out this year I heard and then who knows when the final book will be released because he is such a slow writer. The producers of the show know essentially what is going to happen in the books and how it is going to end but ever since last season they have been doing their own thing because even they don't know all the details that are going to be in the last two books.
5:20PM on 03/13/2017
George R.R. Martin is probably going to die before ever finishing the final book. The dude is old, extremely overweight, and takes way too long to write his novels.
George R.R. Martin is probably going to die before ever finishing the final book. The dude is old, extremely overweight, and takes way too long to write his novels.
10:39AM on 03/14/2017
That would preclude the possibility of an ice dragon white walker, which would be awesome, IMO. I think the show is leading to a state of relative peace, and a lot of people have to die or somehow be debilitated so good can get the edge over darkness.
That would preclude the possibility of an ice dragon white walker, which would be awesome, IMO. I think the show is leading to a state of relative peace, and a lot of people have to die or somehow be debilitated so good can get the edge over darkness.
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1:47PM on 03/13/2017
Yeah, with the huge break we're having before season 7 starts I think they could've maybe pushed it back a couple month more and did one last 13 episode series.
Yeah, with the huge break we're having before season 7 starts I think they could've maybe pushed it back a couple month more and did one last 13 episode series.
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9:07AM on 03/13/2017
I just don't get why they can't do a 13 episode season and just make season 7 the final season.
I just don't get why they can't do a 13 episode season and just make season 7 the final season.
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