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GAME OF THRONES Director Says There Will Be Shortened Season 7

GAME OF THRONES Season 7 will be shorter, according to series director Jack Bender.

If you think ten episodes of Game of Thrones every year just isn’t enough, you’re going to be awfully disappointed with the alleged plans for Season 7.

Director Jack Bender just helmed two powerhouse episodes of Game of Thrones, “Hold The Door” and “Blood of My Blood.” But in a new interview, he said something that’s bound to make some fans a little less happy.

When asked about whether he’ll be returning for Game of Thrones Season 7, which was already greenlit by HBO, Bender said:

I don’t know the answer to that. They’re only doing 7 [episodes], and they’ve got their regulars who have done it forever.

Without the volume and depth of the novels to work with, it looks like showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are truncating the remaining seasons. However, HBO hasn’t confirmed the episode count quite yet.

This episode count also allows Benioff and Weiss to fulfill an idea they had for the series from early on, as explained below by GeekTyrant:

…Their initial plan was to do seven seasons of the show to honor the seven gods, seven kingdoms, and seven books. They later updated their plan to include 70-75 hours of total content for the whole series, leaving fans wondering how exactly the final episodes would be split into two seasons. If Bender’s statement is true, we can guess they’re looking at seven episodes for each of the final two seasons, coming in at a total of 74 hours of Game of Thrones.

The season shortenings could end up benefiting the show overall, so we’ll just have to see how it plays out!

Game of Thrones Season 6 is currently airing Sundays on HBO.

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By Kait

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