The seventh season of Game of Thrones finally hit screens two weeks ago and with two episodes having already aired, there are only five episodes of Season 7 left before the show goes on yet another hiatus. To add insult to injury, the eighth and final season will be even shorter, consisting of only six episodes ... and then GoT will be over for good. I know, what a horrifying thought.
However, not all hope is lost. A shorter season doesn't necessarily mean that we'll have less #GameOfThrones. In fact, if we are to believe HBO programming president Casey Bloys, then we might get more Thrones than usual next year. Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter that Season 8 of #GoT will likely feature extended episodes.
"I imagine they'll be longer but … I'm not sure how long".
He went on to say:
"We haven't had that discussion yet because I don't know how long the episodes are going to be. Two hours per episode seems like it would be excessive, but it's a great show, so who knows?"
Bloys also told The Hollywood Reporter that the episodes of Season 8 have already been written and that the showrunners (David Benioff and D.B Weiss) are "boarding it all out" as they "get a sense for when they're going to shoot."
While Bloys didn't specify when Season 8 will hit screens, there is a possibility that we'll have to wait until 2019 to see how it all ends. As heartbreaking as that would be, we don't want the show rushed. From foreshadowing to storytelling, everything about #GoT so far has been magnificent, so it can't stumble in its final chapter for the sake of expediency.
The hit HBO fantasy drama already runs at approximately 55 minutes per episode. Moreover, the premium cable service doesn't adhere to the typical restrictions of network television so, in addition to being allowed to broadcast more adult content, their programming doesn't have commercial breaks. If Bloys's statement about Season 8 of GoT proves to be true, then we may be looking at two full uninterrupted hours of Game Of Thrones, allowing Benioff and Weiss more time to tell their story as they see fit.
We probably shouldn't spend to much time worrying about what's to come in Season 8 when there is still so much to look forward to in Season 7. As Cersei rules over the Seven Kingdoms with an iron fist, Daenerys is plotting her arrival in the capital to take what is hers. With an iconic meeting between Dany and Jon Snow set to take place this coming Sunday night, Season 7 may prove to be the best yet. Either way, if Game Of Thrones remains as compelling as it is right now, then we're definitely looking forward to the prospect of two hour episodes!
Game Of Thrones Season 7 airs Sundays on HBO.
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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)