Jun 03, 2016 12:24 PM EDT

‘Winds of Winter’ Release Date And ‘Game Of Thrones Season 7’ News: Final Run Features Seven Episodes

By Jane Reed

Even though "Game of Thrones" season 6 is still being shown on the premiere network HBO Television, the story of the "Song of Ice and Fire" series is not over yet. However, the show runners of the epic tv show is already thinking about "Game of Thrones" season 7.

Author George R.R. Martin has not indicated if the release of the last book installment, titled "Winds of Winter," will be released by the time "Game of Thrones" season 7 comes in.

What's new in the seventh season though is that the show runners have decided to stray away from the normal 10 episode release per season. According to the Independent, they've decided to cut it down to 7. Does this mean that it could be the final close to the "Song of Ice and Fire" series?

Co-showrunner David Benioff sat down during an interview with Variety to talk about the show's ending.

After finishing "Game of Thrones" season 6, he thinks that - "...We're down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We're heading into the final lap. That's the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that's what we're looking at." But Director Jack Bender made it a point that there is only going to be seven episodes in the seventh season. It has not been clarified yet if it will coincide with the release of "Winds of Winter" or will be published prior to the 2018 release date. Cutting it down from 10 to 7 means that the show's being executed quickly. Initially, HBO meant to do 10 seasons but Bender insisted that they've always stuck to seven seasons, as planned.

Will the final seven episodes reveal the ultimate theory that Dany, Jon Snow and Tyrion unite to take over the seven kingdoms while riding the dragons? Only HBO's "Game of Thrones" season 7 can tell. 

"Game of Thrones" airs Sundays at 9:00 PM ET on HBO.

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