HBO's adaptation of George R. R. Martin's fantasy epic isn't for long goodbyes as the eighth and final season for Game of Thrones will be just six episodes.
Showrunners D.B Benioff and David Weiss confirmed the lean conclusion during a SXSW panel. “It’s only going to be six episodes for the final season,” Benioff said, adding, “From the beginning we’ve wanted to tell a 70-hour movie. It will turn out to be a 73-hour movie.”
Each episode doesn't appear to be growing in length so that's six one-hour glimpses into Westeros as events start wrapping up. Actor Kit Harington, who plays the titular hero Jon Snow, has teased there's plenty of action in the upcoming seventh season. "I think every actor on it did more action, had more action, had more scenes," he told Huffington Post.
As for the final season Harington added: "They spent an increasing amount of money on less episodes, so it’s gonna be much bigger in scale.”
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres July 16th, 2017 on HBO in the US. Season 8 is scheduled 2018.