Now, with the current (sixth) season of HBO's Game of Thrones surprising many fans by a) solving several of the problems of the past few seasons and b) containing even more incident than usual, even in the quiet episodes, it's a little odd to imagine that from next year on, we'll be seeing less of the show than we're now very much accustomed to.
Now, thankfully, that's no because of some sort of horribly cruel cancellation on HBO's part, but rather because - as has been rumored for a while now - the show looks set to cut short some, if not all, of its future seasons. And now, it seems...
One Of Game of Thrones' Directors May Have Just Confirmed That Next Season Will Contain Fewer Episodes Than Usual
Specifically, Jack Bender - who directed episodes five and six of this current season, and is thus responsible for making you feel whatever you felt after that Hodor reveal - recently spoke with Vanity Fair, and, when asked whether he would be directing any episodes next season, gave a distinctly revealing answer. As he put it:
I don’t know the answer to that. They’re only doing seven [episodes], and they’ve got their regulars who have done it forever."
Or, in other words, it seems, next year's season - number seven - will, somewhat fittingly, contain only seven episodes.
The big question now, though?
What Does That Mean For Game of Thrones Going Forward?
Well, more than anything else, it suggests that we'll be seeing fewer episodes of the show each year - which is something of a downer. It may also, however, suggest that we're set to see the show's lifespan extended a little, with the episodes that would have made up the rest of seasons seven and eight being pushed back to create a ninth season - and perhaps even a tenth.
Within the show itself, though, this may well suggest that we're set to see some of the plot-lines whittled down a little - with more characters sharing plot arcs than we've been used to over the past few years. After all, even if there are fewer episodes for the showrunners to play with, several of the core story-lines are still going to need a certain amount of attention. Whether that's facilitated through the removal (through death or plot contrivance) of some core characters, or simply by bringing more of our leads together (a Stark reunion, anybody?) remains to be seen - but might just be set to define the next few years of the show.
Or, y'know, it could all end in season seven (or, more likely, season eight), and we'll all just have to hope for a (near-inevitable) spin-off show. In the meantime, though, lets all just enjoy this teasing preview of next week's episode, and hope that winter sticks around for just a little longer...
Ah, that's better...
What do you reckon, though?
How many more seasons of Game of Thrones will we see after this one (season six)?
via Vanity Fair