D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, creators of the hit HBO drama, had confirmed that the eighth and final season will only be six episodes on Sunday. Spoke at SXSW in Austin, Benioff and Weiss revealed that they were in the process of writing the outline for the show's final season now, 140 pages that will define the ending of the TV saga of ice and fire.
The series just wrapped its seventh season, which will be aired on July 16. The latest Season 7 will also be reduced with just seven episodes instead of the usual 10, according to CNN.
When asked on the writing process delegation, Weiss and Benioff reportedly saying on The Verge that they would split the load with two other writers. "Dave Hill will write the season premiere, Brian Cogman will write 802 and then we'll write the other four," Benioff said.
Those four would be separated between the two showrunners, who have been in charge of the HBO hit since its TV inception which will make it a bit harder for the last season to take place. "Usually it took two minutes to divide the halves, this time it was 18 back and forth emails: 'I'll take this scene if you take that scene,'" Benioff continued. "Because we realized it was the last time we'd be doing this for this show."
Benioff also pointed out that it's difficult to keep things under wraps, but the series, which is based on George R.R. Martin's book, hasn't been affected by spoilers in the past. The creators were joined by cast members Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, who play Arya and Sansa Stark on the show.
The two young stars moderated the talk and had a good time with the creators about giving away the details of the anticipated next season with a sense of humor.