When will Game of Thrones end? Showrunner answers the big question

There aren't many more episodes to come.

Emilia Clarke Game Of Thrones
Mother of dragons Emilia Clarke in Game Of Thrones. Image Picture HBO

After season six’s dramatic finale, Game of Thrones finally had the end in sight.

Fans of the hit fantasy series need to start preparing for a Thrones-less world in 2018, because that’s when HBO and showrunners David Beniof and DB Weiss will call time on Westeros.

Speaking to Deadline, the producers suggested that there are only 15 episodes left – at most.

Tallying up the numbers of hours of TV they wanted to produce for HBO, Benioff said: “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.”

There’s something to be said for going out leaving audiences wanting more. Many TV series have hung around far too long and jumped the shark, something the Thrones team won’t want to see happen.

“We’ve known the end for quite some time and we’re hurtling towards it.”

“We’ve known the end for quite some time and we’re hurtling towards it,” Benioff added. “Those last images from the show that aired [this week]… 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.”

Benioff continued: “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.”

Now all we need to know is who’s going to end up on the Iron Throne.

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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