Mere hours before its sixth season hits screens, Game of Thrones has been given a renewal for a seventh season.
The renewal itself isn’t a major surprise – it has become almost routine for the show to get a new season before the current one has even aired – but the mystery of it is that HBO have thus far refused to disclose just how many episodes season seven will have.
Speaking to Variety recently, the series’ co-runner David Benioff stated that he believed they “were down to the final 13 episodes after this season [the sixth]”, while HBO exec Michael Lombardo claimed that the producers are planning two more years following season six.
If those statements are true, that would point to us getting two shorter seasons in 2017 and 2018, with one series containing six episodes and another containing seven.
Game of Thrones season six premieres on HBO on Sunday, with Sky Atlantic in the UK running a simulcastat 2am Monday morning. They will also then air the show in its regular timeslot on 9pm Monday night.