It looks like there’s a reason HBO hasn’t formally renewed Game of Thrones for its eighth and final season, even though everyone and their grandmother knows it’s coming. That’s because the creators might be considering more episodes, and HBO is crossing their fingers that it’s true.
Last year, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss announced that Game of Thrones would only have 13 more episodes, split among two seasons. That means season 7, which is currently being filmed, would have seven episodes...and the final season would only have six. This is far down from previous GoT seasons, which have had 10 episodes each.