Despite the final two seasons being just longer than a single standard season at 13 (or now perhaps 15) total episodes, filming for seasons 7 and 8 of Game of Thrones will each take as long as filming for a 10 episode season. This should be good news for fans, because that means they’ll be taking their time and getting as much as possible out of each moment of filming.
Game of Thrones Season 7 Episodes
In an interview with Radiotimes, Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont) explained that they want take their time on the episodes to make sure they get them right.
“They are taking the length of time it takes to shoot ten episodes to shoot just seven this year and six next year. There are fifteen more hours left in Thrones as we understand it, but that may change, but that’s as far as we know.
“I think the scale and size of the set pieces, the world that is being created it’s just getting more and more extraordinary and they feel they need that time to shoot seven hours as opposed to ten.”
That makes sense, since there is so little time left and so much to wrap up and so little time to do it in. Best to take your time and get it perfect. Filming should be wrapping up shortly, estimated in February, and the season will premier in June. Glen also weighed in on the fate of his character, saying he’s not sure if he’ll make it to the end of the show.
“I don’t know of course if I am going to make the last one. I am sort of doing a head count, but I think it’s certainly under ten people who were in the original pilot and have been in every season since. I have grown very attached to it. I love the people involved. Dan and David are very benign showrunners and very good people. (…) This season you feel that the drama is moving towards its end game, more characters are overlapping so we are seeing a lot more of each other, than perhaps in the past. In the same scenes and we are going to the same places.”
Wait, 15 hours?
Benioff weighed in on the potential extension of the shortened seasons, from the predicted 13 to, now, a possible 15.
“We’ve known the end for quite some time and we’re hurtling towards it… Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros; Jon Snow is king of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them. The pieces are on the board now. Some of the pieces have been removed from the board and we are heading toward the end game.”
A possible 15 episodes would be good news for fans, especially since many have been loudly complaining about so few episodes left to wrap up the series. It also means there would be less worry about the end feeling rushed. A little more drama, blood, and fire before they say goodbye for good. We’re not ready for our watch to end.