While having most shows on during the year is what television fans prefer, there is a downside to regularly scheduled programming. Because while each week may consistent of a myriad of new TV series, it also means that our favorite summer shows will be gone for another 6 months or so. And no summer series is quite as highly anticipated and widely watched as HBO's megahit Game of Thrones. The award winning fantasy drama has two more short seasons left, with Season 7 airing at a later date this coming summer. But what about the final season? How short will it be? HBO has finally opened up, and given us a few answers.
HBO's programming president Casey Bloys recently spoke to the good folks at TV Line about the final season of the epic drama. Bloys gave us an update on the current state of the final season, as well as his hopes that it will consist of more than six episodes. He said,
The only thing we're working out is how many episodes they want to do. They're still figuring it out because I think they're trying to get a shape of the season. They always do what they think [will yield] the best version of the show. It's all about how many they're comfortable [with]. But I'll always take more. If you're afraid we're not going to do an eighth season, I assure you we're going to.
This answer by Casey Bloys is a bit of a mixed bag; there is good news, but the potential for bad news going forward is still there. Let's break down both possibilities.
To start, HBO has confirmed that Season 8 is definitely happening at the premium network. While I wasn't exactly worried that Game of Thrones wouldn't end properly after its long and successful tenure, it's sure to appease those who have been worried upon hearing that so few episodes will be produced in the final two seasons. The final season will indeed be completed, but it's still unclear how many episodes Season 8 will consist of.
From Casey Bloys' comment, it seems like HBO is happy to produce as many episodes as Game of Thrones needs to fully complete the story of Westeros. But Game creators/producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been saying for quite some time that final two seasons would be shorter than the previous six. With the stories all quickly coming to a close, they believe that fewer episodes would serve the narrative better, rather than attempting to stretch them out simply for the fans. It's a decision that seems to both please and disappoint the massive audience that has been following Game of Thrones since its first season in 2011.
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