Series six is done and dusted, which means 'Game of Thrones' fans are eagerly awaiting news of what's next. Now the showrunners have confirmed that – as rumoured – there are only 13 episodes left of the epic fantasy series, and they will be split across two shorter series.
Dan Benioff told 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."
Seeing as we've had six series of 10 episodes of around an hour each, that leaves 13 hours remaining.
Benioff said the showrunners always had an end point in sight, rather than keep it running as long as it was popular.
"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 is trying to figure out new storylines," he said. "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."
Fellow showrunner D.B. Weiss added that they didn't want to overstay their welcome. "We want to leave while all the people watching this show are really into it," he said. "Get out at a high point and not have it be, well thank god it's over."