Game of Thrones: When Will It End?

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Here's the good news: 

Winter is coming once again, starting on Sunday, April 24.

Jaime and Cersei on Season 6 - Game of Thrones

Now here's the bad news:

Game of Thrones may soon be going away... for good.

Speaking to Variety this week, in promotion of Game of Thrones Season 6, co-creator David Benioff said the following about the future of his beloved drama:

“I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap.

"That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at.”

He added that the final two seasons may be split into a seven-episode season and then a final, six-episode season.

HBO is yet to confirm this plan, or an end date for the series as a whole, but network President Michael Lombardo told journalists at the 2015 Television Critics Association summer press tour odds were strong it would conclude after Season 8.

“[The producers are] feeling like there [are] probably two more years after [season] six,” Lombardo said at the time.

“I would love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

The Game of Thrones series, of course, is now ahead of the Game of Thrones novels on which it is based.

George R.R. Martin is yet to complete his sixth book, with most of this upcoming 10-episode run based on notes from the author.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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Game of Thrones Quotes

Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.
Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.

I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid.

Tyrion Lannister