Bidding Westeros adieu might not be painless, but it will be quick.
During a South by Southwest panel on Sunday, “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed that the eighth and final season, airing next year, will have only six episodes.
Season 7, which premieres July 16, will feature seven episodes. Each prior season spans 10.
Having wrapped Season 7, Benioff and Weiss are beginning the writing process for next year’s denouement. No ice-melting premiere date has been announced.
In other “Game of Thrones” news out of SXSW, Ed Sheeran will have a cameo in the upcoming season. Benioff and Weiss didn’t divulge the singer’s role, but it looks like the HBO smash could be Sheeran’s Castle Black on the Hill.