Game of Thrones showrunners: “We are writing the final act now”

Fans can expect 10-15 more hours of the fantasy drama after season six, reveal showrunners

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Game of Thrones fans are eagerly awaiting the start of season six this weekend, but it’s bittersweet because each new episode brings us one step closer to the show’s end. 

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We’re approaching the finish line,” confirm showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff. “From the outset, our hope was to tell a complete story — beginning, middle and end. We are writing the final act now, and the last thing we want to do is stay on stage after the play is over.”

This week, HBO ordered a seventh run of the hit fantasy drama for 2017. And the question Thrones fans want answered is: ‘Will series seven be the last?’

It is looking that way, confirm Weiss and Benioff…

“In the beginning, we hoped that if the show worked, we’d get seven seasons to tell the tale. Seven kingdoms, seven gods, seven books — seven felt like a lucky number.”

Though there is a chance we’ll get more, or at least an extended last season: “The actual messiness of storytelling might not be quite that numerologically elegant,” they admitted to The Hollywood Reporter. “But we’re looking at somewhere between 70 and 75 hours before the credits roll for the last time.”

“The show has diverged from the books quite dramatically by this point,” they add, discussing unknown plot points to come in season six, “but it’s still George [RR Martin]’s world: The characters he’s dreamt up in the world he created.”

“At this point, given the fact that we’re outpacing the novels, we all see the upside in the divergence: book readers won’t be spoiled by what’s to come on the show, and the show audience won’t have to worry about spoilers from the unpublished books.”

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Game of Thrones season six starts Hon Monday at 2am and 9pm on Sky Atlantic