HBO is yet to officially renew Game of Thrones for season 8, the reason behind it may either excite you or frustrate you according to your point of view. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss broke many hearts when they surprisingly revealed that they have only 13 more episodes left of Game of Thrones through the course of the next two seasons. We’re already aware of the fact that season 7 will arrive later than usual and will only feature 7 episodes, naturally one would assume that HBO had decided on a six-episode eighth and final season.
However according to reports HBO is still waiting for Benioff and Weiss to make a final decision on the number of episodes for season 8 which is the reason it is yet to be confirmed.
“The only thing we’re working out is how many episodes they want to do,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys.
“They’re still figuring it out because I think they’re trying to get a shape of the season,” he said. “They always do what they think [will yield] the best version of the show. It’s all about how many they’re comfortable [with]. But I’ll always take more.”
Benioff and Weiss already affirmed their intentions last year when they said they already had a firm conclusion in mind for Game of Thrones when they started it.
“I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes,” Benioff said last April. “We’re heading into the final lap.” He then added that it’s ““not just [about] trying not to outstay [our] welcome.”
He continued, “We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end,” he continued. “We’ve known the end for quite some time, and we’re hurtling towards it. Those last images from [the Season 6 finale] 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… and we are heading toward the endgame.”
Do you feel it’s the right decision to end the show on a high rather than stretch it out or do you think there’s more than enough source material for further episodes? Let us know in the comments below.