The clock is ticking towards the much talked about Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere, which sources say might be the show’s game changing season. For one, the show may break away from its usual program format for Seasons 7 and 8.

Speaking exclusively with Variety, Game of Thrones creators David Benoiff and D.B. Weiss said that the upcoming seasons will be much shorter than its predecessors. Game of Thrones Season 7 will only produce seven episodes, while the Season 8 will wrap things up with six episodes.

Things may be taken with a grain of salt for now considering that Game of Thrones show runners are still outlining their plans for the future.

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

There’s a big chance Game of Thrones will conclude its Emmy-winning run with Season 8, giving fans an additional two years to behold the battle for the Iron Throne from their TV screens.

“Because where these narratives go, it feels like another two years to them. As a television executive, as a fan, do I wish they said another six years? I do,” Lombardo told Variety.

Meanwhile, Game of Thrones Season 6 has promised itself to be a grand spectacle of sorts. The powers from all sides of Westeros are definitely buffing up as they go head to head for supremacy.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, “The Red Woman” will start the season at full speed, contrary to seasons past which start rather slow paced.

Daenerys’ Targaryen’s dragons are finally full grown and strong enough to be a threat to all of Daenerys’ enemies. We’re also looking at a raging Cersei Lannister, who’s hell-bent on orchestrating her revenge against the High Sparrow who shamed her in Season 5.  Fans can expect this plot to be executed in typical Cersei fashion. Perhaps even more, with the whole Lannister clan (at least Jamie and King Tommen) coming to her defence.

David Benioff had shared that Game of Thrones Season 6 was a “beast to make.” Rest assured our Sunday-viewing pleasure is in good hands.

Game of Thrones Season 6 will premiere in HBO on April 24.