Jul 22, 2016 11:01 PM EDT

'Game Of Thrones' Season 8 Confirmed As Series' Last Season?

"Game of Thrones" season 8 may be the last installment of the series. Season 7 is slated for release by summer next year.

According to Variety, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are already planning to finish the popular fantasy series. It was revealed that there will be 13 more episodes after "Game of Thrones" season 6.

It was previously reported that "Game of Thrones" season 7 would be aired later than usual. This is because production would need to start late in order to have colder weather conditions for the show.

"Now that winter has arrived on 'Game of Thrones,' executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing," HBO president of programming Casey Bloys said in a statement. "Instead of the show's traditional spring debut, we're moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule."

It was also revealed that "GoT" season 7 would only have seven episodes. This is three episodes less than the usual 10 episodes per season.

This would also mean that "Game of Thrones" season 8, which is believed to be the last installment of the series, would only have six episodes.

"I think we're down to our final 13 episodes after this season," Benioff said. "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."

Bustle noted that "Game of Thrones" season 8 may see Daenerys Targaryen's return to Westeros as well as Jaime Lannister, Jon Snow, Euron Greyjoy or Loras Tyrell taking over the Seven Kingdoms. It is also expected that winter would be "in full force" by season 8.

Den of Geek added that Daenerys Targaryen would get several suitors. In the witch's prophecy from season 5, it was revealed that a younger and more beautiful queen would take everything that Cersei holds dear. Now that her children are dead, it appears that Jaime is the only one she has. There are speculations that Dany could kill Jaime or take him from Cersei in another sense.

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