Winter is coming and, so is the end of the Game of Thrones series. Back in April, rumors of upcoming shortened seasons of the hit HBO show swirled around the internet and, unfortunately, it seems those rumors have been confirmed.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, director Jack Bender talked about the two episodes he worked on during Season 6 and much, much more. When asked if he would be returning to direct any episodes next season he responded:
I don’t know the answer to that. They’re only doing seven [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.
Bender is seemingly confirming the rumors from April where David Benioff and Dan Weiss were discussing the possibility of a final 13 episodes left after Season 6 (7 episodes for a 7th season and 6 episodes for an 8th and final season).
We are not ok with this! How do you feel about the confirmed news?