We Now Know Just How Many Episodes Will Be in the Final Season of 'Game of Thrones'

Um, say what now?

We knew the last season of Game of Thrones was going to be short—but we didn't know just how short. Show creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff confirmed over the weekend that it's going to be a measly six episodes.

"It's only going to be six episodes for the final season," Benioff said during a SXSW panel this weekend. "From the beginning we've wanted to tell a 70-hour movie. It will turn out to be a 73-hour movie, but it's stayed relatively the same of having the beginning, middle, and now we're coming to the end. It would have been really tough if we lost any core cast members along the way, I'm very happy we've kept everyone and we get to finish it the way we want to."

While past seasons have had 10 episodes each, the upcoming penultimate Season 7, which premieres in July, will have just seven episodes. The Hollywood Reporter points out that fewer episodes this year could mean a more spectacular show—with the budget being stretched less. If that's true for Season 7, we can only imagine what that means for battles in the final season.

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The writers have already divvied up the final episodes of the series, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Benioff joked at SXSW: "We argued over who got to kill Sansa."

That's dark. Even for Game of Thrones.

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