‘Game Of Thrones’ showrunners: ‘We’re approaching the finish line’

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss hint that seventh series of show could be the last

Game Of Thrones bosses have admitted that they are working on how to end the show, admitting that the series will not run and run.

The eagerly anticipated sixth season of the show begins tonight (April 24) with HBO and Sky Atlantic broadcasting the opening episode simultaneously. A seventh season has already been commissioned, but David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have conceded that they are writing toward an end point.

“We’re approaching the finish line,” the duo are quoted as telling The Hollywood Reporter. “From the outset, our hope was to tell a complete story — beginning, middle and end. We are writing the final act now, and the last thing we want to do is stay on stage after the play is over.”

The pair also discussed finding themselves working away from George R.R. Martin’s original books for the first time in S6.

“We realized we’d probably catch the books when we spent several days with George in Santa Fe in 2013, discussing the future of the book series and the television series,” they said. “George’s schedule is very much his own, as it should be for a novelist. But we’re locked into a set schedule — a new season every year. In the beginning, we hoped that if the show worked, we’d get seven seasons to tell the tale. Seven kingdoms, seven gods, seven books — seven felt like a lucky number. The actual messiness of storytelling might not be quite that numerologically elegant, but we’re looking at somewhere between 70 and 75 hours before the credits roll for the last time.”

“The show has diverged from the books quite dramatically by this point, but it’s still George’s world: The characters he’s dreamt up in the world he created. At this point, given the fact that we’re outpacing the novels, we all see the upside in the divergence: book readers won’t be spoiled by what’s to come on the show, and the show audience won’t have to worry about spoilers from the unpublished books. And we’re very happy that the show has led so many people to discover George’s amazing books.”

Benioff and Dan Weiss previously promised that S6 is “the best yet” and contains the biggest battle scene to date.

A number of spoilers have leaked ahead of S6, most recently when Ian McShane talked about the fate of his character after joining the cast for the new episodes.

McShane is not the only cast member to give away secrets this year. Sophie Turner revealed that her character Sansa Stark won’t be killed off in the series while Emilia Clarke may have revealed the fate of character Jon Snow at a recent awards ceremony.