– by Joseph Jammer Medina

For some time, we’ve known that the next two (and final) seasons of Game of Thrones wouldn’t be full 10-episode ones. It made sense. With only books one through five of the series written so far, they had already blown past all the source material, and were heading straight to the finish line. But it still wasn’t quite clear how much more story we had to go. 

At this year’s SXSW panel, co-showrunner David Benioff confirmed that next year’s eighth and final season will only be six episodes (via EW). 

“From the beginning we’ve wanted to tell a 70-hour movie. It will turn out to be a 73-hour movie, but it’s stayed relatively the same of having the beginning, middle and now we’re coming to the end. It would have been really tough if we lost any core cast members along the way, I’m very happy we’ve kept everyone and we get to finish it the way we want to.”

It’s always great to hear that from a showrunner. There are far too many series out there that go unfinished, and it’s especially satisfying that Game of Thrones managed to get completed despite its immense scope. Looks like the magic number for the show is 73 hours. Not bad. But as we all known, the end of the road is rarely ever truly the end. Talk has been going on for some time about a potential prequel or spinoff to the fantasy show. While there is still a possibility for that to happen, Benioff confirmed that he and co-showrunner Dan Weiss would likely not be involved.

“I think HBO might well do [another series] and I look forward to watching it and I think it be great, but I think they should get new blood in.”

This will likely come as bad news to fans of the show. That being said, it’s not as though great storytelling is exclusive to Game of Thrones. Nowadays, there’s a lot of great television being made, and it’s a matter of finding the right talent and matching itwith the right material.

What do you think of all this? Are you said that the Game of Thrones showrunners won’t be involved in any potential spinoffs? Let us know in the comments down below!

Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on HBO on July 16, 2017!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.