Game Of Thrones Showrunners Confirm Every GoT Fan’s Worst Fear: There Are Very Few Episodes Left
The Season 6 finale of Game of Thrones was unquestionably epic and had everything a fan of could ask for. The finale’s magnificence resulted in historic ratings for HBO. The last episode of Season 6 was watched by 8.9 million viewers on Sunday, the most watched in the series. Last year’s Season 5 finale set a previous record of 8.1 million viewers. However, with another season coming to a brilliant end, it also means that we are coming unnervingly close to the conclusion of the Game of Thrones series forever.
There have been rumors that the final two seasons of GoT would be abbreviated for some time now. Those whispers made Game of Thrones fans full of terror, and now the worst fears have been confirmed by the showrunners.
David Benioff confirmed these unspeakable rumors to Deadline.
It’s two more seasons we’re talking about. From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that’s what we’ll end up with. Call it 73 for now. We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end. As Dan said, we’ve known the end for quite some time and we’re hurtling towards it.
ONLY 13 MORE EPISODES?!?!?!?!?!
When the final episode of Game of Thrones comes and goes my joy will turn to ashes in my mouth.
And there is only one thing we say to the end of Game of Thrones, “not today.”
More from the interview.
D.B. Weiss reveals what the inspiration for the Battle of the Bastards was:
There were lots of inspirations for it. One of the things we realized going in, the period of the great costume epics were over by the time the 70s and its gritty, grim reality of those films. You’d seen big amazing costume period drama battle sequences, and scenes that were gritty and realistic, but there’s never really been a medieval battle with scale and scope, with a few small exceptions. Actually, I wouldn’t call Gladiator and some of those films small exceptions; obviously Ridley Scott is the one who has done most of it. But the combination of the true brutality of that kind of conflict, and the scale and scope of that kind of conflict, we felt there was a niche there we could maybe do something new, only because we were in a position to have the scale and scope of the whole thing and to really give us a sense of what that kind of conflict really felt like on the ground. Which, from all historical accounts, was truly terrible.
Weiss unveiled which characters he had the most fun writing for this season:
It’s great, because things have finally, in the past season or two, started to contract in a very positive way. It was such an expansive world for such a long time. Obviously, we’ve had to say goodbye to a lot of characters and storylines we loved a lot. The ones that are left are ones we’ve been engaged in so long. Writing for Maisie [Williams] is always great, writing for Peter [Dinklage] and Emilia [Clarke] is great, especially now that they’ve come together in the same story line. Writing all the stuff for Kit [Harington] and all of the epic stuff he went through to get to now. There isn’t anyone left we don’t love writing for, because we’ve been writing for them, for so long. We know then so well at this point.
Weiss delves into the mindset of Cersei after losing all of her children and now taking the Iron Throne:
Not to give a frustrating answer, but that’s what so much of next season is going to be about; finding out what Cersei’s mind-set is. Who is she? While Cersei has certainly done a lot of horrible things in her life and she could be a very cruel person, the one thing that was redemptive about her was, she genuinely loved her children. Now they’re all gone, and I think that is very interesting for us. Who is she without her children? The answer is something you’ll find out next season. That’s so much of what is to come that I’ll just give it away if I start delving into it now.
Benioff talks about the highly-anticipated ending to Game of Thrones:
We’ve been talking about the ending, from the beginning. It’s a strange phenomenon, we’re in this territory where you are walking on your own and can’t rely on the written material anymore. As we get close to the ending, we’ve been talking about that for so long, things come into better focus. Once we get to the final end game, we’ve got very specific ideas that have grown organically over the past six plus years about where everything will end up.
Read the entire interview at Deadline.
A REFRESHER ON SIX SEASONS OF GAME OF THRONES FINALES