Back in April it was rumoured that the final two seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones would be shortened significantly. Director Jack Bender recently confirmed that Game of Thrones season 7, would indeed only have a 7 episode run.
Speaking to Variety about the recent episode “Door,” and Game of Thrones in general, and when asked if he’d be returning to direct another episode, Bender stated:
They’re only doing seven [episodes], and they’ve got their regulars who have done it forever.
The regulars he’s referring to are other directors who regularly direct episodes for the series. David Benioff, one of the show’s co-runners, mentioned that after season 6 there would only be 13 more episodes of Game of Thrones split over two seasons. The seasons to date have run with 10 episodes each. Now that Game of Thrones season 7 has been confirmed to have only 7 episodes, that means the final season — season 8 — will only have 6 episodes.
The show has been running in uncharted territory without book material to follow this season, as season 6 saw it catch up to the last book that George R. R. Martin has written in the series. He does have more planned, but like his previous books Martin keeps missing deadlines with the next book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series — The Winds of Winter.
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