“Game of Thrones” news broke over the weekend as showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss spoke as part of a panel at SXSW. The headline is that the show’s eighth and final season will be only six episodes long.
EW.com quotes Benioff saying: “It’s only going to be six episodes for the final season. From the beginning we’ve wanted to tell a 70-hour movie. It will turn out to be a 73-hour movie, but it’s stayed relatively the same … having the beginning, middle and now we’re coming to the end. It would have been really tough if we lost any core cast members along the way, I’m very happy we’ve kept everyone and we get to finish it the way we want to.”
Season seven is coming in July, and HBO has still not officially announced an episode count for the final season.
“During the talk, producers also confirmed they will not be involved with any ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff or prequel series that HBO comes up with,” EW adds.
On that topic, Benioff said: “I think HBO might well do [another series] and I look forward to watching it and I think it [will] be great, but I think they should get new blood in.”