HBO has already hinted we’re nearing the end of Game of Thrones, and now showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have officially confirmed the end is nigh. Prepare yourself for a fast and furious last two seasons.
In an interview with Deadline, the two talked about how many more episodes we can expect from the show and why they don’t plan to extend the series despite it being more popular than ever.
“It’s two more seasons we’re talking about,” Benioff said. “From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that’s what we’ll end up with. Call it 73 for now.”
While the “73” estimation doesn’t sound definitive, the two already know how it’s all going to end, and they’re not going to sacrifice the show’s quality in an effort to stretch the series longer than necessary.
Benioff expanded on why they’re so adamant about sticking to the 70-75 hour mark:
We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end. We’ve known the end for quite some time and we’re hurtling toward it. Those last images from the show that aired on Sunday] showed that. Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros; Jon Snow is king of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them. The pieces are on the board now. Some of the pieces have been removed from the board and we are heading toward the end game.
According to Benioff, Game of Thrones was always pitched as a show with an end, not something that was going to go on and on.
We wanted it to be one giant story, without padding it out to add an extra 10 hours, or because people are still watching it. We wanted something where, if people watched it end to end, it would make sense as one continuous story.
HBO has aired 60 episodes so far, which means we can expect 15 more at the most, 10 at the least. We’ve been hearing the next two seasons are going to be shorter and the comments by Benioff and Weiss confirm it. How will it all end? That we’re still waiting to find out.