A great war is looming in the Seven Kingdoms and winter is here, which can only mean one thing -- "Game of Thrones" is coming to an end. The show returns to HBO for Season 7 in just over two weeks, with the final season to follow sometime after. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss delivered some serious updates about both the penultimate and the final seasons of "Game of Thrones" during an interview with Entertainment Weekly. The duo confirmed that they're currently writing Season 8 and are nearly done -- sort of, anyway. Benioff optimistically told the publication the final installment of the wildly popular show is "nearly completed," while Weiss seemed to have a different opinion.
Everyone knows that the hand-slap game is the literal worst, but it's probably even more inadvisable when you're playing against a gigantic dude who posts videos like this one: And yet, that's exactly what Game of Thrones showrunner David Benioff did when hanging out with Jason Momoa a few years ago, because, Benioff said, "it seemed like a really good idea at the time." Benioff and his fellow Game of Thrones executive producer Dan Weiss told the tale at South By Southwest, where they appeared on a panel moderated by stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams -- who got their showrunners to admit all kinds of incriminating information, including that Season 8 will only be six episodes long, and that Ed Sheeran will be guest-starring in Season 7. "We were having a lot of fun and laughing and it was funny," Weiss recalled. "Then I remember looking at David and saying, 'dude, look at your hands,' and his hands had already started to swell up, because Jason is 250 pounds and so fast." "That was the problem; I thought, 'he's big, but I bet I'm quicker.' But I was not," Benioff deadpanned.
Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will tackle the Star Wars universe next, Disney and Lucasfilm announced Tuesday. The duo will write and produce a series of Star Wars movies, which will be separate from both the main Skywalker saga and Rian Johnson's upcoming trilogy. While the press release did not specify how many films will be in the Benioff-Weiss series or what corner of the galaxy they'll explore, the future now holds an overwhelming number of Star Wars movies--there's also the Han Solo standalone later this year, not to mention several rumored projects, like the still-unconfirmed Obi-Wan Kenobi centered movie.
"Game of Thrones" is airing its last season, but this is not the last project for its showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The Benioff and Weiss tandem was effective in bringing George RR Martin's bestselling series to life on the small screen. But although "Game of Thrones" is already on its last run, its showrunners will not be parting ways anytime soon because they are set to team up once again for HBO's new alt-history original drama series, "Confederate," Deadline reported. "As the brilliant'Game Of Thrones' winds down to its final season, we are thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with Dan and David, knowing that any subject they take on will result in a unique and ambitious series," HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in a statement. "Their intelligent, wry and visually stunning approach to storytelling has a way of engaging an audience and taking them on an unforgettable journey.
Impatience is already setting in following Sunday's exhilarating "Game of Thrones" Season 6 finale. After watching "The Winds of Winter" for the eighth time -- and reading as many recaps and theory articles as possible -- fans will now have to wait until next year for Season 7, and the wait will feel longer than winter. The likely "Game of Thrones" Season 7 date is mid-April, with April 16 or April 23 being ideal candidates. "Game of Thrones" Season 6 premiered April 25, the latest date yet for the series. "Game of Thrones" Season 3 had the earliest debut when "Valar Dohaeris" aired March 31, 2013.