With the end of ‘Game of Thrones‘ coming sooner than later, HBO is considering a tactic to stretch out the finale – one that might anger some fans. With the likelihood of only one season’s worth of episodes after the upcoming sixth, it looks like instead of a full seventh season, the network is considering airing seven episodes for Season Seven and six episodes for the Season Eight. In a move that is sure to anger the fans of the hottest show on HBO, it seems that squeezing out another half year of content sounds like a better idea to executives who are worried about subscriptions than to give one grand finale and make sure that one of their new shows will be ready in time.
I can’t imagine that this decision would be a mistake that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would likely make on their own so you have to wonder if it is their call or a potential mandate that executives are handing down to them.
While sources are commenting that this is in the works, an HBO spokesperson has said:
“Any conversations about the end of Game of Thrones and the number of episodes of future seasons is purely speculative. As is customary, HBO will sit with Dan and David to discuss the details once a decision has been made to go forward with season seven.”
There is precedent for this happening with AMC having done so with ‘Mad Men’, it seems to be in poor taste to tease two half season runs to complete the series. An ulterior motive could be that as they are finally passing George R.R. Martin’s novels and are trying to buy him some time to get his writing in before the televised series spoils his novels.
With the network nearing confirmation of a two-season renewal, we can only hope that they will be planning on giving us a full Season Seven and Eight and not the half seasons mentioned above.
Would you prefer an added year of ‘Game of Thrones’ if it meant a half season for each of the next two years? If there will only be 13 episodes left after the upcoming season should they just make it into a single one and close out the series? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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