The showrunners believe the iconic fantasy drama will bow with 13 final episodes once the sixth season is over: seven episodes for Season 7 and six for the eighth and final season.
“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.”
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo also confirmed Weiss and Benioff’s plan. “That’s my understanding from them right now, those have been the conversations we’ve had,” he said. “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. I’m always an optimist, and I do believe we will figure this out.”
While fans may be up in arms that their time in Westeros will be over too soon, sources told our sister brand that the numbers were premature, given that they are just beginning to outline the final seasons.
“Any conversations about the end of ‘Game of Thrones’ and the number of episodes of future seasons is purely speculative,” the network expressed in a statement. “As is customary, HBO will sit with Dan and David to discuss the details once a decision has been made to go forward with Season 7.”
Until then, the upcoming — and highly anticipated — sixth season will debut on HBO on Sunday, April 24.