Games of Thrones’ final eighth season will indeed be the shortest one yet.
Per Entertainment Weekly, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealed that Season 8 will only be six episodes long during a panel at SXSW.
Though HBO hasn’t confirmed the episode count, Benioff and Weiss are certain about the length and are already preparing for pre-production by deciding who gets to write which episode.
“We argued over who got to kill Sansa,” Benioff jokingly said.
Season 7, which will premiere a little bit later than usual for Game of Thrones on July 16, has also been shortened to only seven episodes. However, despite the shorter episode order, the “size and scale” of the show is increasing, resulting in even bigger and more epic episodes. Sir Davos Seaworth actor Liam Cunningham revealed to IGN that the new season will also see a lot of the show’s expansive ensemble cast coming together.