Jakarta. The globally popular HBO drama series, "Game of Thrones," might change its normal 10-episode lineup per season, starting with its seventh season next year.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Jack Bender, one of the series' directors, said that the series creators and showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff will only do seven episodes in the upcoming season.
Asked by the magazine whether he would be back directing for the seventh season, Bender said, "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 show, but I've got this series I'm mounting for the beginning of 2017 based on Stephen King's trilogy of books."
If true, Bender's comment will confirm rumors that the final episodes of the fantasy series — which was adapted from George R.R. Martin's novels in 2011 — will be spread over two seasons: seven episodes for the seventh season and six episodes for the eighth and possibly final season.
The sixth season of "Game of Thrones," meanwhile, is currently broadcast on HBO.
"I think we're down to our final 13 episodes after [season six]. We're heading into the final lap," Benioff told Variety in April. "That's the guess, nothing is yet set in stone, but that's what we're looking at."
Winter is coming, indeed.