The end of the road is near for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Following the completion of the highly anticipated season six which airs on April 24, there will only be 13 episodes left. These 13 episodes will be divided between seasons seven and eight which will put an end to the fantasy saga.

Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss told Variety in an exclusive interview that they have planned an end to “Game of Thrones,” the Emmy-winning saga of battles and bloodshed. “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.” They also added that they want to shorten the number of episodes from the usual 10 due to lack of time and to maintain the quality of the show. “It’s crossing out of a television schedule into more of a mid-range movie schedule,” Weiss said.

However, Variety’s sources later clarified that the number of episodes weren’t finalised because the showrunners are just chalking the outlines. Despite that, Variety also mentions having received confirmation from HBO programming President Michael Lombardo that plans are to wrap the show within the next two years. “That’s my understanding from them right now, those have been the conversations we’ve had,” he says. “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.”

So, anything may happen. It depends on the producers ultimately. If they think that the “Game of Thrones” based on George R.R. Martin’s books can be milked for another four to six seasons instead of just two, they will find ways to get it done. It might not make much sense from a storytelling perspective, but it will make sense from the perspective of money and whether fans are still interested in the story of the fictional Westeros. It will be interesting to see who claims the Iron Throne.

As for the forthcoming sixth season, Kit Harrington confirmed on the Jonathan Ross Show that his character, Jon Snow, was actually dead. He had only shot scenes as a corpse. Also, Ian McShane had revealed that he will guest star in a one-off episode on this coming season who may or may not be Septon Meribald.

An official description for “Game of Thrones” season 6 was released by HBO. It is as follows – “Following the shocking developments at the conclusion of season five, including Jon Snow’s bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys’ near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen and Cersei’s public humiliation in the streets of King’s Landing, survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates. Familiar faces will forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival while new characters will emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north and south.”