HBO has confirmed that the fantasy series "Game of Thrones" will end with Season 8, after it was revealed that the upcoming Season 7 will feature only seven episodes. The end of the world phenomenon must come as a heartbreaking to most fans who love to get lost in the world of dragons, whitewalkers and, let's be honest, nudity.
As fans already know, Season 7 of "Game of Thrones" will also premiere much later than we had initially expected. Usually, new seasons of "Game of Thrones" premiere in April of each year, but in 2017, you can expect for new episodes towards the end of the year.
It is understood that the feared winter has already come to Westeros, and the showrunners have to wait for winter to start the shooting, which is why the show will be delayed. More disheartening than the delay in premiere is the fact that unlike the previous seasons, all of which featured 10 episodes, the upcoming Season 7 will only feature seven.
However, we did see a significant increase in the episode time towards the end of Season 6, with the final episode lasting a record 69 minutes. Hopefully, the trend will continue with the episodes in Season 7 as well. Meanwhile, the number of episodes in the eighth and final season remains unknown. "We'll take as many as they're willing to give us," HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Saturday.
Nloys also confirmed at the event: "I think they [DB Weiss and David Benioff] have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do... If I could get them to do more, I would take 10 seasons but we want to take their lead with what they could do and what the best version of the show is."