Game of Thrones' producers say they are heading into the "final lap" of the iconic TV show
Game of Thrones' Liam Cunningham has promised an "astonishing" Season 6 when HBO's hugely successful show returns April 24, and with producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss having teased battle scenes on a scale never before seen on television this season, we can't wait to get back to Westeros after what feels like the longest hiatus in history. (That is, until The Walking Dead withdrawals begin to set in... ugh.) Weiss and Benioff have had a lot to say in recent weeks about what we can expect from the show's sixth season, but amid all the spoilers, teasers and general information overload, the duo revealed some disappointing news during a recent interview with Variety. Apparently, Thrones is slowing down now that its eventual conclusion is in sight... which means less episodes for all of us.
So far, each of the show's previous five seasons have counted ten episodes each, with Season 6 set to be no different. While we're waiting for author George R.R. Martin to finish up with The Winds of Winter, which will likely provide a whole heap of new material for subsequent episodes, Weiss and Benioff have stated that it's unlikely Seasons 7 and 8 will be as long as their predecessors: "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.” Potentially, then, we're looking at seven episodes for Season 7 and six episodes for Season 8. Sources have clarified, however, that with work on the show's final seasons just beginning to take shape, things could change (not forgetting the aforementioned Martin factor.) In the meantile, take a look at this sneak peek of Sam and Gilly from Season 6, and let us know what you think of a shorter finale season for GoT.