In July of last year, HBO announced that Game of Thrones would end after season eight, but we didn't know exactly how many episodes to expect. Now, well, we still don't know the exact episode count, but we do know that there are a total of 15 hours left in the series. Iain Glen, who plays Jorah Mormont, confirmed the news in an interview with Radio Times:
"They are taking the length of time it takes to shoot ten episodes to shoot just seven this year and six next year. There are fifteen more hours left in Thrones as we understand it, but that may change, but that's as far as we know . . . I think the scale and size of the set pieces, the world that is being created it's just getting more and more extraordinary and they feel they need that time to shoot seven hours as opposed to ten."
Each season of Game of Thrones has been 10 episodes long, but we knew that wouldn't be the case for seasons seven and eight. The new intel means the upcoming seasons will either be split into seven- and eight-episode seasons or a couple episodes could be supersize. Either way, let's hope the writers wrap up all those loose ends!