Game of Thrones Mulling Abbreviated 13-Episode, Split-Season Swan Song

Much like Eddard Stark, HBO might be taking a little off the top of its most popular series.

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are mulling an abbreviated end game that would limit Season 7 to just seven episodes and an eighth and final season to just six episodes.

“I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season,” Benioff said in an exclusive interview with sister site Variety. “We’re heading into the final lap. That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone.”

Though the network is not confirming an exact episode count for either season, HBO President Michael Lombardo told reporters at the 2015 Television Critics Association summer press tour that all signs were pointing toward two more years for the Emmy-winning series following its forthcoming Season 6 (premiering Sunday, April 24 at 9/8c).

“[The producers are] feeling like there [are] probably two more years after [season] six,” Lombardo said. “I would love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

The decision to end the high-rated drama might be in direct response to outpacing novelist George R.R. Martin, who was unable to complete the sixth book in his Song of Ice and Fire series prior to production on Season 6. Per Deadline, much of the upcoming 10-episode run was based directly on notes from the author.

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