Season 6 of “Game of Thrones” just premiered this week. But fans are already speculating about the show’s next season. Is Game of Thrones Season 7 really the final one?
According to Collider, “an endgame is in sight” for the show. It has indeed been renewed for a seventh season. However, the last two seasons could be about two episodes shorter than previous seasons. The show’s creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, themselves confirmed that the show is ending soon.
“We’re approaching the finish line,” Benioff and Weiss told The Hollywood Reporter. “From the outset, our hope was to tell a complete story — beginning, middle and end. We are writing the final act now, and the last thing we want to do is stay on stage after the play is over.”
The two writers also said an eighth season was never part of their plan. “In the beginning, we hoped that if the show worked, we’d get seven seasons to tell the tale. Seven kingdoms, seven gods, seven books — seven felt like a lucky number,” they said. “The actual messiness of storytelling might not be quite that…elegant, but we’re looking at somewhere between 70 and 75 hours before the credits roll for the last time.”
The writers also talked about Season 6. “The show has diverged from the books quite dramatically by this point. But it’s still George’s world,” they admitted. However, having outpaced the novels might just have an upside. “At this point…we all see the upside in the divergence: book readers won’t be spoiled by what’s to come on the show, and the show audience won’t have to worry about spoilers from the unpublished books. And we’re very happy that the show has led so many people to discover George’s amazing books,” Benioff and Weiss said.
Game of Thrones Season 7 will premiere in 2017.