Here we are. Somehow we’ve managed to survive six whole seasons of “Game of Thrones” — something that’s notoriously difficult to do.
But it’s not over yet. Winter has come and the board has been reset. We’ve come a really long way from when Daenerys was a timid teenager and Tyrion was a drunk who never did anything useful and nobody in Westeros was at war.
Now everybody is at war, kings and princes have been dying left and right for years and no alliance seems capable of holding for all that long. It’s been an incredibly eventful six years. And the long-awaited arrival of winter should be accompanied by the long-awaited arrival of the White Walkers in the realms of men.
The question now, then, is exactly how much more of this war and turmoil we have ahead of us before the blockbuster series finally comes to an end.
And the answer is: two more seasons.
We’ve known, of course, that season 7 was confirmed a long time ago. When HBO renewed “Game of Thrones” early in season 5, it ordered both seasons 6 and 7. And then after season 6 ended last year, confirmation came down that season 8 would also happen — and that it would end the series.
HBO would obviously be happy for “Game of Thrones” to go on forever, since it’s its biggest show ever, so it’s not a question of whether it will be canceled. But the decision of when it will end will In 2015, former HBO head of programming Michael Lombardo also said they expected the show would end after eight seasons. And showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss did indeed come to the conclusion that “Game of Thrones” will finally come to an end in season 8.
But that’s not all you need to know. Seasons 7 and 8 will each be shorter than normal “Game of Thrones” seasons, coming in at seven and six episodes each, respectively. And they won’t air at the same time of year as the previous seasons, either — Season 7, at least, won’t come to a screen near you until this summer, because production had to be delayed in order to allow for more shooting in the snow. So you’ll have a solid extra three months to wait before our favorite longform fantasy TV epic continues.
Try not to die before 2018.
Without any new “Game of Thrones” episodes on the calendar for nearly a year, it’s time to reflect on the past by perusing our rankings of all the major characters on the series. The rankings have been updated in light of the events of the season 6 finale.