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Game of Thrones could end up with its final two seasons being shorter

04.15.2016

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There could be less GAME OF THRONES on the horizon??

Who the hell is the genius promoting that idea?

It's showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss actually, who are considering the idea of running less episodes for the series' final two seasons rather than the standard 10-episodes we've gotten since the show's beginning. In an interview with Variety, Benioff laid out his plan.

I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap. That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at.

Season Seven would consist of seven episodes with Season Eight wrapping up our time in Westeros with six more, and then that would be it. Of course HBO quickly dispelled that those plans are set in stone with HBO programming president Michael Lombardo remarking, “We’re still in conversations," but it's clear that Benioff and Weiss think it has become incredibly difficult to maintain that 10-episode order per season in the timeframe that is asked of them.

As a fan, the last thing I want is less GAME OF THRONES. 10 episodes has been a sweet spot for the show, giving you enough to leave you satisfied when a season is over while also cutting things off at a point that always leaves you wanting more. But I'm also only sitting on my couch enjoying these episodes. I'm not putting my heart and soul into the production to make it happen, working myself exhausted. Therefore, while I may not like it, I can understand where Weiss and Benioff are coming from. It just sucks that it might have to be that way as we reach the end. 

GAME OF THRONES Season Six is set to premiere on HBO on April 24.

Source: Variety

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9:12PM on 04/17/2016
I agree with Spaghoops. They should just spend longer in production and skip a year. Other shows do this without a problem. What's the big deal? (Plus it would give George some catch-up time lol)
I agree with Spaghoops. They should just spend longer in production and skip a year. Other shows do this without a problem. What's the big deal? (Plus it would give George some catch-up time lol)
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9:19AM on 04/17/2016

There's a better (more obvious) solution

The showrunners are saying it's too tough to do 10 episodes in a year. Which I get, it's a big show. So their solution is to cut the seasons? That's insane. Why not just take 3 years to do the last 2 seasons? We still get 20 episodes, and they don't burn out. It's not written in stone that these things have to come out annually - they could just skip a year and get ahead. Dr Who does that - so did The Returned.
The showrunners are saying it's too tough to do 10 episodes in a year. Which I get, it's a big show. So their solution is to cut the seasons? That's insane. Why not just take 3 years to do the last 2 seasons? We still get 20 episodes, and they don't burn out. It's not written in stone that these things have to come out annually - they could just skip a year and get ahead. Dr Who does that - so did The Returned.
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10:26AM on 04/17/2016
Yeh, because when you have a show with a gigantic cast, even bigger crew and sets all over the world it's super easy and convenient to just shut down for a year and expect everyone to wait around till the creative is ready. It's obvious you know nothing about the business side of show business. Just because it works for a couple other shows with much smaller casts doesn't mean it will work for GoT.
Yeh, because when you have a show with a gigantic cast, even bigger crew and sets all over the world it's super easy and convenient to just shut down for a year and expect everyone to wait around till the creative is ready. It's obvious you know nothing about the business side of show business. Just because it works for a couple other shows with much smaller casts doesn't mean it will work for GoT.
2:12PM on 04/17/2016
@genaros_bear - He didn't suggest shutting down for a year. He suggested taking a year off from airing the episodes, while production continues to run. This eliminates the pressure of having to complete ten episodes in one year. That's how I took the suggestion, and if you still disagree, please pop a blood pressure pill before responding. I don't want to send you over the edge in anger.
@genaros_bear - He didn't suggest shutting down for a year. He suggested taking a year off from airing the episodes, while production continues to run. This eliminates the pressure of having to complete ten episodes in one year. That's how I took the suggestion, and if you still disagree, please pop a blood pressure pill before responding. I don't want to send you over the edge in anger.
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10:35AM on 04/16/2016

Scrap Season 8!

Three extra episodes would be fantastic way to end the series in season 7. Imaging fans believing that the producers promoting the show as SO GOOD they had to create three extra episodes to end the series. It's too bad they already spilled the beans. It would have been spectacular marketing tactic.
Three extra episodes would be fantastic way to end the series in season 7. Imaging fans believing that the producers promoting the show as SO GOOD they had to create three extra episodes to end the series. It's too bad they already spilled the beans. It would have been spectacular marketing tactic.
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3:27AM on 04/16/2016

Fuck that!

They can't screw with the schedule. As a rule, episode 9 has some sort of WTF or epic moment happening. They can't mess with what works and what fans expect.
They can't screw with the schedule. As a rule, episode 9 has some sort of WTF or epic moment happening. They can't mess with what works and what fans expect.
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1:59AM on 04/16/2016
I kinda okay with this as long as they are all quality episodes. But I swear to God if one episode has a scene with Greyworm and Massandie's stupid ass love story I'm gonna throw something threw my TV.
I kinda okay with this as long as they are all quality episodes. But I swear to God if one episode has a scene with Greyworm and Massandie's stupid ass love story I'm gonna throw something threw my TV.
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12:58PM on 04/18/2016
oh there'll be at least 2 episodes dedicated to it. they're black
oh there'll be at least 2 episodes dedicated to it. they're black
12:19AM on 04/16/2016

Fire this dumbass

Seriously the season is short enough if thats going to be the case make the EP's longer make them 2hrs if you'll going to give us short final season's.
Seriously the season is short enough if thats going to be the case make the EP's longer make them 2hrs if you'll going to give us short final season's.
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10:32AM on 04/16/2016
Yeah, fire the guys that have made the show since the beginning. That would be a great idea. Wow, what a bright idea.
Yeah, fire the guys that have made the show since the beginning. That would be a great idea. Wow, what a bright idea.
9:15PM on 04/15/2016
It's all due to George R.R. Martin taking his sweet (fat)ass time with the final two books. Maybe they'll end it all with a movie in the theaters.
It's all due to George R.R. Martin taking his sweet (fat)ass time with the final two books. Maybe they'll end it all with a movie in the theaters.
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8:30PM on 04/15/2016

Amazing that they think they're so close to finishing.

When it seems like there's such an amount of ground to cover. Like how is there not two full seasons left to them?
When it seems like there's such an amount of ground to cover. Like how is there not two full seasons left to them?
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8:26PM on 04/15/2016
It's
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5:30PM on 04/15/2016
If they're short seasons, but that means every episode is a jam-packed gem, I'm cool with it. We really are now in the realm of not knowing exactly how much story is left, so they may be making the smart choice over the greedy one. Walking Dead nosedived due to fillers and shitty finale structure, so I don't hate this idea if it means quality.
If they're short seasons, but that means every episode is a jam-packed gem, I'm cool with it. We really are now in the realm of not knowing exactly how much story is left, so they may be making the smart choice over the greedy one. Walking Dead nosedived due to fillers and shitty finale structure, so I don't hate this idea if it means quality.
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4:36PM on 04/15/2016
They should just do one last season with 13 episodes instead of a small episode order like breaking bad and sopranos.
They should just do one last season with 13 episodes instead of a small episode order like breaking bad and sopranos.
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4:51PM on 04/15/2016
Like Season 7a and 7b? That'd be cool.
Like Season 7a and 7b? That'd be cool.
5:09PM on 04/15/2016
I was thinking all at once cause I don't want to wait but that too if it's a shorter waiting time
I was thinking all at once cause I don't want to wait but that too if it's a shorter waiting time
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