Dammit. The rumors were true. We’ve heard there would only be 13 episodes of Game of Thrones left. And that’s about how many there will be. Game of Thrones’ showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirmed the episode count in an interview with Deadline about Sunday’s epic season six finale.

“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.”

13 episodes left. Maybe 15. C’mon HBO, let’s do 15.

I can’t stop thinking about the fantastic finale on Sunday. And I can’t stop listening to the incredible music.

Benioff explains why, despite setting a new record of 8.9 million viewers, Game of Thrones is on borrowed time.

“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.”

Fewer episodes = more budget to spend on each?

That’s the potential bright side I’m focusing on today. Episodes 9 and 10 blew most of season 6 away. I’m not saying these episodes were bad. Ok, maybe the one where Waif was slow-walking Arya down was. But ‘Battle of the Bastards’ and ‘Winds of Winter’ were incredible.

I’ll never understand how we go from scenes like the atrocious Bronn / Jaime / Sand Snakes scene in 5×06.

To this. Or Hardhome.

Ok, so I do understand. Budget means a lot. So does the right director.

I’m crossing my fingers the shorter seasons keep the budget of a full season. With the Dragons about to wreck shit and the wall seemingly coming down(?), the CGI crew is going to be working overtime.

I’m only on board with shortened seasons if each episode gets a higher budget. If D&D come up with some excuse to ax the dragons, then hell no.

Cersei badass

With the help of an evil, but badass Cersei – the final round of the ‘Great Game’ is in place. The only big character we didn’t see on Sunday was Euron Greyjoy. He’s a newcomer, but will be the first obstacle for Daenerys and her armies.

And now the long wait for season 7 is here. If you’re looking for another great show to dive into, check out The Expanse on Syfy. Trust me. The books were fantastic, and the show does a great job bringing them to life on TV.

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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