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With Spring being right around the corner, fans are looking forward to season 7 of Game of Thrones. However, there are some changes taking place for the remaining seasons. Rather than returning in Spring, the show will not premiere until Summer of 2017. Moreover, the final seasons will apparently be shorter than previous ones. But not to worry, according to the show’s panel, the good will certainly outweigh the bad.

Final seasons of “Game of Thrones” will be short, but epic

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Game of Thrones fans should expect some changes for the last seasons, but not all of them are bad. Despite the fact that the upcoming seasons will be shorter and start later, this is all by design and the good will outshine the bad, according to the show’s panel at TCA 2017.

During the previous seasons, the show has worked everyone up moment by moment for an epic battle in the final episodes. Moreover, fans are used to the cliffhangers that come with the show’s finale.

In fact, season five had fans forming their own theories as to how the season would end. Most everyone expected Jon Snow’s death but were shocked when the season six finale came about and revealed otherwise.

That same episode, in particular, may just be a good indication of how seasons seven and eight will play out. Not to mention, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss want to end the series the best way possible.

A prequel series is possible

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Initially, the two showrunners debated on pushing for a six-episode final season. However, they decided not to after speaking with the network, according to Deadline.

But the network may just be pushing for more, according to HBO’s Casey Bloys. As a matter of fact, he says he will take all that he can get,

They’re still figuring out the shape of the season, what they want to do. I’ll take as many as they want to do. If they give me eight, I’ll want 10. But it’s really up to them. They’ll let me know.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the pair also had plans for the series to run 73 hours, but HBO may be hoping to push for more while they still can. In fact, Bloys says there is also a possible prequel.

Equally important, a prequel series is a higher possibility than a spin-off that features the show’s characters,

It’s such a big property we would be foolish not to explore it, but it’s a pretty high bar. We’ll take some shots at it. I’m not going to do it just to do it. It has to feel very special.

I would rather have no sequel and leave it as-is then have something we rushed out.. A prequel feels like it has less pressure on it [than a spin-off].

[Author George R.R. Martin’s history of Westeros] gives you areas in which to say to a writer, ‘If you were going to do this, then go flesh it out,’ and we’ll see what comes back. But I don’t feel any pressure that we have to have something.

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