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‘Game Of Thrones’ Director Confirms Shorter Seasons

Jack Bender reveals that Season 7 of "GOT" will be shorter than seasons past.

Kit Harington

“Game of Thrones”


Winter is coming, and it may be coming faster than anyone expected (or, frankly, wanted it to).

It’s long been rumored that the final two seasons of HBO’s smash hit “Game of Thrones” would end with a pair of truncated final seasons, with 13 episodes spread out across Seasons 7 and 8. Now, that news has been seemingly confirmed, thanks to a newly minted fan favorite director’s maybe-loose lips.

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Jack Bender, who has directed two episodes of “GOT” this season (the time-turning and heart-wrenching “The Door” and the information-packed “Blood of My Blood”), was recently asked by Vanity Fair if he would be back for Season 7. His response was telling: “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. I know that I had a wonderful experience doing the show…I haven’t been asked yet and I also don’t know what their schedule is going to be. But under the best of circumstances, schedule and everything, I had a great experience doing the show. If available and they wanted me to, I would love to do that.”

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Showrunner and creator David Benioff told Variety back in April, “I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap.” Given Bender’s response, that means that final season of “Game of Thrones” might run only, gasp, six episodes. Leave it to “Game of Thrones” to keep breaking our hearts, down to the very last minute.

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