Game of Thrones season 6 ended with a bang on Sunday night, and we are still savoring the glory and horror of what might be the series’ most eventful and fast-moving year. Our review of the superb finale is here, but many are turning their attention to what the creators have to say as another season comes to a close, and fans’ watch begins for another 10 months.
While chatting with Deadline, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators and showrunners of Game of Thrones, the two revealed many things, including how they do not view the Night King as a villain and that the show is still aiming for a 73-episode total. They also revealed their favorite character to write for, which may surprise some: Cersei Lannister.
Explaining why they love writing for Cersei, Benioff said, “Going back to your question about who’s most interesting to write for, largely because Lena [Headey] is such an absolute genius actress. The character itself is somebody who is driven driven by motivations that are in some ways so base, so angry and negative. But in other ways, so understandable to anyone who takes the time to imagine what it means to be in her position, to have grown up in her situation, to have these children you’d do anything for, even if it means burning cities, buildings and people to the ground to keep them safe.
“It’s something lots of people can understand. The irony you pointed to earlier, is that the very action she takes leads her to lose the last and possibly sweetest of her children, all of that stuff feeds into her as a character who is endlessly interesting to think about on a daily basis.”
Benioff and Weiss also confirmed that they are still eyeing 73 episodes at the moment to complete Game of Thrones’ story. That would mean that the possibility that season 7 is only seven episodes is probably confirmed.
“It’s two more seasons we’re talking about,” Benioff said. “From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that’s what we’ll end up with. Call it 73 for now.”
But who knows, maybe they’ll realize that they need an extra episode or two for season 8, so we don’t get only six hours in 2018! You can read the full interview here.
You can also read our complete theories about how season 7 will play out as we head into the start of the endgame right here.