‘Game of Thrones’ season 8: Only six episodes, but a shocking death

During Sunday’s panel at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss confirmed that the eighth season of the Emmy champ will have just six episodes. That is the minimum number needed for it to compete in the drama series race, which it won in both 2015 and 2016.

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While they didn’t give a date for the airing of these six instalments of this epic series based on the George R.R. Martin novels, we know that season seven will start on July 16, 2017. That late start puts it out of Emmy contention this year; the cut-off for eligibility is May 31. So, with season seven in the running at the Emmys in 2018, don’t expect season eight to start until after May 31, 2018. That way the two seasons won’t be pitted against each other for TV’s top honor.

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The pair, who write most of the episodes as well, were joined onstage by Emmy nominee Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark). That led to an awkward moment when the talk turned to Turner having blond hair instead of the red she sports when playing her part on the show. Her co-star theorized why the change with the cryptic comment, “she’s dead,” referring to Sansa. After a pause that seemed to last forever, Benioff finally broke the silence by referring to the audience, “Don’t worry, they won’t tell anyone.”

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