Is Game of Thrones Season 8 the end of the series? Rumors are rife that the well-loved HBO show is heading to its final leg in 2018, thanks to one of its director’s interview.

Jack Bender, who is in-charge of two episodes of Season 6, recently talked to Vanity Fair about his involvement in the series. He’s a veteran having helmed episodes for The Sopranos, Felicity, Alias and Lost. For the latter show, he was behind “The Constant” episode, which motivated Game of Thrones creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff to have him direct Hodor’s final moments.

When asked whether Bender will be coming back to Game of Thrones Season 7, his answer gave rise to speculations.

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“I don’t know the answer to that. They’re only doing seven [episodes], and they’ve got their regulars who have done it forever,” he said.

“I know that I had a wonderful experience doing the show and I know that Dan and David are thrilled with the shows, but I’ve got this series I’m mounting for the beginning of 2017 based on Stephen King’s trilogy of books.”

He admitted though he hasn’t been asked to helm episodes for the next season, but would love to come back if he’s asked and should his schedule permits.

The answer gave way to speculations that if indeed next season will only have seven episodes, Game of Thrones Season 8, which will be soon in 20018, would be the last.

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In an earlier interview with Variety, Benioff said that the story line is already mentioned that the popular series is “down to our final 13 episodes.”

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

With the numbers given, Game of Thrones Season 8 could potential feature only six episodes. However, sources later on clarified that the number given were “premature.”