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'Game of Thrones' Final Seasons Could Be Shorter: Reports

by Daniel Arkin /  / Updated 
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister on "Game of Thrones"Helen Sloan / HBO

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It's time to face facts. The fight for the Iron Throne will one day come to an end — and sooner than you may have expected.

 Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister on "Game of Thrones" Helen Sloan / HBO

"Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are considering two short-and-sweet final seasons for the sprawling fantasy saga, according to Variety — seven episodes for the seventh season, six for the eighth.

"I think we're down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We're heading into the final lap," Benioff told Variety. "That's the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that's what we're looking at."

The sixth season of the megahit HBO series premieres April 24 and will run for 10 episodes — the length of the first five seasons.

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HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told Variety he was aware of the tentative plan to end the show after two more years. "That's my understanding from them right now. Those have been the conversations we've had," he told the trade publication. "Because where these narratives go, it feels like another two years to them."

He added: "As a television executive, as a fan, do I wish they said another six years? I do."

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