We’ve known for awhile that the upcoming seventh series of Game of Thrones will be a shorter run of episodes than usual—as will its follow-up, the (presumably) final series of the series. But now, after some umming and ahhing from HBO, we finally know that series eight will be six episodes long.
The confirmation came from Game of Thrones SXSW panel this weekend, where producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirmed the writing lineup for the next sries:
Season 8 writing assignments:
— A Storm of Spoilers (@StormofSpoilers) March 12, 2017
The news isn’t really that surprising—Benioff and Weiss have frequently discussed that the show is heading into its final batch of episodes, but there was some hope that the final series of the show could end up being slightly longer. HBO even held out renewing the show for its final series on the off chance more episodes could be produced, but it seems like after series seven’s seven-part run this summer, we’ll be left with just six more episodes in Westeros.
We’re well and truly in the show’s endgame now. Game of Thrones is set to return to HBO for its penultimate series July 16th. [Watchers on the Wall]