On the episode count: "From the beginning, we've wanted to tell a 70-hour movie. It will turn out to be a 73-hour movie, but it's stayed relatively the same of having the beginning, middle, and now we're coming to the end. It would have been really tough if we lost any core cast members along the way — I'm very happy we've kept everyone and we get to finish it the way we want to."
On if the characters will live on in spinoffs: "The characters who maybe will survive, there's always going to be this temptation to keep doing it . . . to do the spinoff show or do the sequel show and everything. I think HBO might well do [another series] and I look forward to watching it and I think it would be great, but I think they should get new blood in."