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Game of Thrones director Jeremy Podeswa has confirmed that season 7 will be shorter than usual, spanning just 7 episodes as opposed to the usual 10.

A few weeks ago, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss shocked some fans by saying they have envisioned 13 hours of story after season 6, meaning the final two seasons will be curtailed.

“I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap,” said Benioff at the time. “That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at.”

While they said nothing was set in stone, regular Game of Thrones episode director Podeswa has seemingly confirmed season 7’s length.

During an interview with YouTube channel GoldDerby, Podeswa said: “I think next season will be different because [I think] it’s already been announced that there’s seven episodes, as opposed to ten.

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Podeswa, who directed ‘Home’ and ‘The Red Woman,’ this season’s opening two episodes, said he is a fan of the format which sees directors helming two episodes back-to-back, allowing for a firmer grasp over the various storylines running through the show.

“I think it makes more sense doing it that way. I think if they had 10 directors doing 10 episodes it would be a nightmare. But with 5 people, it’s a controllable amount of work and it works pretty well,” he said.

So, there you have it. Game of Thrones season 7 will be shorter. It’s disappointing, yes, but with the season 6 finale setting up the war to come so expertly, we’re sure not a single scene will be wasted as we approach the home stretch of the world’s most popular television series.