Game of Thrones LogoThe finale of season six of Game of Thrones was HUGE. Characters from Jon in the North, Cersei in the South, and Dany across the Narrow Sea made huge power plays, and with winter finally here the show seemed poised to enter the final stages of the series. Fueled by comments from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, speculation has abounded that there are only two more season of Thrones left to go, with a smaller count of episodes than the usual ten. Today, HBO has provided official confirmation of some of those details.

The news comes from EW, where HBO has confirmed that season seven of Game of Thrones will be just seven episodes in length (season seven, seven episodes, seven gods, lucky number sleven; I see what you did there). HBO also confirmed a delayed start to production, and by extension a delayed premiere in 2017, to allow the show to shoot during the fall/winter rather than summer. No information was given regarding the eighth and potentially final season.

On the surface, this is all bad news for Thrones fans. We have to wait longer for the new season, and we get fewer episodes to devour when it does arrive. But really this is good news. Benioff and Weiss have a clear vision for the show, and are being given the latitude to execute it in the way they feel is best. I’m sure HBO would love to have ten episodes again, too, and then a hundred more after that. But if GoT really is coming to an end, and it’s pretty clear at this point that it is, then fans are best served not by padding the show with superfluous episodes or rushing production to meet an arbitrary spring premiere date. Fans deserve a show that goes out on a high note to match all the other insane high points of the series, and if a truncated and delayed season is what Benioff and Weiss need to do that, then seven blessings to them.

Now the long(er) wait for season seven continues. Game of Thrones will be making their usual appearance at San Diego Comic Con later this week, where hopefully we’ll be able to learn a few more details about what to expect when the show returns next year, and That Hashtag Show will be there to share the news with you. Until then, what do you think? Are you disappointed by the extra wait between seasons? What epic shenanigans do you think are coming in season seven? Sound off in the comments.

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