Briana Hansen
April 17, 2016 8:26 am
HBO

Winter is coming. And it may be here faster than we know it.

In a recent interview with Variety, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss admitted that the final seasons of the show may be shorter than past seasons have been. Benioff said, “I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap.”

The good news is that they at least have it mapped out clearly enough that they know there are only 13 episodes left to tell the ending properly. That foresight means viewers can rest assured that they really are all leading towards an mind-blowing final conclusion and that every minute of those final episodes are going to packed with excitement.

The bad news is… only 13 more episodes? We don’t know how to stay calm about this! Maybe channel our inner Cersei Lannister and just push it all down?

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Since past Game of Thrones seasons have had 10 episodes each, only 13 left to spread out over two seasons is a bit of a conundrum. But, based on how wonderful the storytelling has been up to this point, we have faith that those shortened seasons will still very much be worth every watch. Plus, let’s be honest… fewer episodes means fewer chances for our favorite characters to violently die before our eyes. Because as much fun as watching GoT is, it is also basically emotional torture week after week as you wonder if your favorite character will even survive the episode.

Of course, this news of the shortened seasons would be even easier to accept if we got some reassurances that the beloved and brave Jon Snow will be returning to our screens as someone to root (and swoon) for.

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But, we guess that question, like so many others, will be wrapped up soon enough.

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