Game of Thrones Season 6 is, without a doubt, the most talked about show of 2016. It was the only series to break into the top 10 trending topics on Twitter, and the conversation continues into the New Year. There are only two seasons left for the hit HBO drama though, and as everyone prepares for the inevitable end game, news of what to expect is surely going to get fans excited. The fantasy adventure will be getting two more shorter seasons, but these truncated runs are being crafted with immense care and dedication to detail. And according to star Iain Glen, Season 7 and Season 8 will be the most extraordinary yet.
Game of Thrones is known for telling its epic struggle for power on a scale not usually seen on TV. The action spans countries and genres, offering magic and murder as several individuals set out to rule 7 kingdoms. The entire landscape, with its many memorable characters, was created by George R.R. Martin, as featured in his A Song of Ice and Fire book series. While Martin hasn't yet finished his written opus, HBO showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are nearing their end game on the small screen. With the sixth and seventh books yet to be published, the team behind the show is ready to end the tale with Season 7 and 8.
Previous Game of Thrones seasons have run 10 episodes apiece. That changes in Season 7, which will only get seven episodes. Season 8 will be even shorter with just six episodes. But fans shouldn't be disappointed in this fact. Actor Iain Glen, who plays Jorah Mormont, has confirmed that there is a method to this madness, and it will help the show out in the long run. Speaking with Radio Time, he had to say this about the final run for glory in Westeros.
""They are taking the length of time it takes to shoot ten episodes to shoot just seven this year and six next year. There are fifteen more hours left in Thrones as we understand it, but that may change, but that's as far as we know. I think the scale and size of the set pieces, the world that is being created it's just getting more and more extraordinary and they feel they need that time to shoot seven hours as opposed to ten."
It's unclear how the extra time will be spent making fewer episodes. But what is being planned has been called cinematic in scale. Game of Thrones Season 7 is in the midst of shooting right now. At this time, while those scripts have been completed, none of the actors know where the end of the story is headed. Iain Glen says this about his eventual demise on the series, and what is being planned for the future.
"I don't know of course if I am going to make the last one. I am sort of doing a head count, but I think it's certainly under ten people who were in the original pilot and have been in every season since. I have grown very attached to it. I love the people involved. Dan and David are very benign showrunners and very good people. ... This season you feel that the drama is moving towards its end game, more characters are overlapping so we are seeing a lot more of each other, than perhaps in the past. In the same scenes and we are going to the same places."
Showrunner Benioff has also commented on some of the overlap that will happen in these final episodes. The show co-creator says this.
"We've known the end for quite some time and we're hurtling towards it...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."
Game of Thrones only has 15 more hours left. What will happen in those 15 hours is anyone's guess at this point, but there will surely be some big surprises coming in the years ahead. Some believed that a movie may wrap up the series, but the show runners have insisted that they are not going to cheat HBO subscribers in that way, claiming that the finale will be aired on the small screen as always intended. As we head into 2017, we can expect to see the first Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer in the next couple of weeks. All-new episodes are set to premiere summer 2017.