‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners insist they’ll wrap up the show in 13 episodes

June 29th, 2016 | by staff
‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners insist they’ll wrap up the show in 13 episodes
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If you’re a true-blue Game of Thrones stan, I would definitely suggest reading this Deadline piece with GoT showrunners and executive producers D.B. Weiss and Dan Benioff. Deadline conducted a thorough interview with Weiss and Benioff following the season six finale, which was the most-watched Game of Thrones episode ever. Game of Thrones has managed to build its audience over time, which is an extraordinary feat for any TV show, especially a show as complicated as GoT. Anyway, the Weiss and Benioff interview is good and they preview some of the storylines for Season 7, like how we’ll see more of Cersei’s ruthlessness, but everyone’s talking about what they say for the final season/s.

DEADLINE: There is a lot of story left to tell. How far have you mapped it out?

BENIOFF: 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.

DEADLINE: When you have President Obama asking about plot points and whether Jon Snow would stay dead, it indicates you haven’t overstayed your welcome. You could continue this struggle for a long time.

WEISS: Like President Obama, 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.

BENIOFF: 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. What Dan says is really true, but it’s not just trying not to outstay your welcome. 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. 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. We wanted to something where, if people watched it end to end, it would make sense as one continuous story. We’re definitely heading into the end game now.

[From Deadline]

While Weiss & Benioff have always talked about ending the series at seven seasons, now that we’re looking that fact in the face, doesn’t it seem like there is absolutely no way to wrap up these stories in, say, 13 to 15 more episodes. I’m taking their words to mean that Season 7 is going to be split up into two sections, probably seven episodes one year and then six episodes the next year. Which still seems like too few episodes to wrap everything up. That being said, I admire Weiss and Benioff for sticking to their guns and holding the line – if they were just in it for the money, they would be stretching this out for ten seasons or more and HBO would willingly finance it.

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