It’s been speculating for a while now. Yet, EW have finally confirmed that the final season of Game of Thrones will air only six episodes. According to EW:
The producers are currently writing those final hours while also completing post-production work on the show’s seventh season — which makes its eagerly anticipated return this summer (and will consist of seven episodes).
With weeks to go before season seven of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy kicks off David Benioff and Dan Weiss have a lot of plot ends to tie up. Recently we had our first proper look at season seven of GoT. By the looks of things there’ll be a lot of Westeros to cover.
The biggest question is where exactly will they leave season seven?
This new season may focus more on wrapping things up. Cersei and Jamie’s storylines could tie up, with Daenerys and Jon taking their positions for season eight. This would also set us up well for the last six episodes, where the White Walkers and the coming war will have more focus. However, although we could see a culling of main characters, chances are that there’ll still be multiple stories in season eight.
Of course, George R.R. Martin is not one for straightforward plots. So, we can’t assume that either Jon, Daenerys or both of them will make it through until the finale. Nor can we assume that Cersei will die. Although, with both of their stories growing over the seasons, it seems highly unlikely that they wouldn’t survive into season eight.
EW also talked a little about the up-and-coming Game of Thrones spin-offs. They reported that the five planned spin-offs to Game of Thrones are definitely in development. With the success of the current series, we can be sure that HBO will greenlight at least one idea. They may even cash in on all of them.