‘Game of Thrones‘ is only halfway through its sixth season, but there have already been some memorable moments. The HBO series, which airs Sundays at 9pm, keeps a grueling schedule as it can take up to a month or more to completely shoot episodes for the hit show. This is due to travelling to locations, schedules of the actors, and just who is involved in the scenes to be filmed.
Jack Bender, director of ‘Game of Thrones’ season six episodes “The Door” and “Blood of My Blood,” recently spoke with Vanity Fair about his work on the series and he revealed a point of interest regarding next season. Bender claims that next season will only consist of seven episodes.
When the director, who is noted for his sensational time-travelling episodes from the hit series ‘Lost,’ was asked if he plans on returning to Thrones next season, it appears we can expect a shortened season and likely without Bender.
I don’t know the answer to that. They’re only doing 7 [episodes], and they’ve got their regulars who have done it forever. I know that I had a wonderful experience doing the show and I know that Dan and David are thrilled with the shows, but I’ve got this series I’m mounting for the beginning of 2017 based on Stephen King’s trilogy of books starting with Mr. Mercedes. Brendan Gleeson is playing the lead, which I’m thrilled about, Anton Yelchin, and I’m in the process of mounting that. I haven’t been asked yet and I also don’t know what their schedule is going to be. But under the best of circumstances, schedule and everything, I had a great experience doing the show. If available and they wanted me to, I would love to do that.
Earlier reports had mentioned that there will only be seven episodes of Thrones released in 2017 and another 6 episodes released in 2018, so what Bender is claiming appears legit. HBO has yet to confirm Bender’s statement. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have expressed that they are becoming unable to continue producing ten episodes in a 12-14 month period. Weiss explained that the longer the desired season, the more of a Herculean task they face. “It’s crossing out of a television schedule into more of a mid-range movie schedule.” Would both Benioff and Weiss simply make only seven episodes to line up with their initial plan to do seven seasons of the show to honor the seven gods, seven kingdoms, and seven books? Just might be the case.
HBO sources have stated that 13 final episodes was simply a preliminary number, but any future season should expect to come in under the usual ten episodes. It remains to be seen if HBO will deliver any concrete number of episodes fans can expect to see next season. Here’s to hoping the network finds a way to deliver even more.