Warning: This article contains spoilers from Game Of Thrones Season 6. I would advise you to stop reading if you haven't seen the finale yet as this article is dark and full of spoilers.
It was less than a month ago when news broke that Game Of Thrones was very much entering its final chapter. In a new interview with Deadline, showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss further confirmed this, explaining that they want the show to leave when it's in the height of it's popularity. Weiss had this to say:
"We want to leave while all the people watching this show are really into it. Get out at a high point and not have it be, well thank god that’s over."
Further elaborating on Weiss' point, Benioff said that "it’s two more seasons we’re talking about," meaning that the show will reach its conclusion in 2018, citing that they've talked about "70-75 hours" since they began developing the show.
Game Of Thrones finished airing its sixth season on Sunday night, taking the episode total to 60. That is approximately 60 hours worth of television, meaning that Benioff and Weiss are planning on delivering at least 15 more hours, taking the total to 75 episodes.
Going Out On Top
With several shocking deaths and the confirmation that winter has finally arrived, it's becoming rather evident that the series is positioning itself towards its conclusion. Using the events of the finale as confirmation of the upcoming ending, Benioff said:
We’ve known the end for quite some time and we’re hurtling towards it. Those last images from the show that aired last night showed that. Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros; Jon Snow is king of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them. The pieces are on the board now. Some of the pieces have been removed from the board and we are heading toward the end game.
The thing that has excited us from the beginning, back to the way we pitched it to HBO is, it’s not supposed to be an ongoing show, where every season it’s trying to figure out new story lines. We wanted it to be one giant story, without padding it out to add an extra 10 hours, or because people are still watching it.
So there we have it from the creators themselves — the final pieces have been put into place and the war is just beginning, but the show is preparing to end. Dany is headed for Westeros to take what is hers and Jon is the King of the North. Now that we know about his parentage, that is definitely going to lead to some more shocking revelations. Cersei has just begun her reign, but will the prophecy come to pass and will she be ousted by a younger, more beautiful Queen?
Only time will tell. Our watch is ending, and the only question that remains is: who will win the game of thrones?
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