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Here's some speculative TV news for you: Game of Thrones, which is fast-nearing its Season 6 premiere on April 24, might formally kick the bucket after its eight season. Both Variety and Entertainment Weekly reported today (April 14) that Thrones executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are considering a shorter lifespan for the series, and that future seasons will likely contain fewer than the usual 10 episodes. 

EW explains that the Thrones showrunners have wavered on this issue in the past, and that nothing has been officially decided yet. HBO executive Michael Lombardo adds heft to the idea of the show wrapping after an eight-year run. He told the magazine, "In every conversation, that’s been [Benioff and Weiss'] thinking.”

For months, the show's fate had mostly been undetermined. But when Variety published an exclusive with the Benioff and Weiss today, a (slight) degree of certainty was established. "I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap,” Benioff said. “That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at.” 

It's a fitting bit of news, given the most recent Game of Thrones timeline: As far back as 2014, there's been rumblings about a Thrones series finale occurring in its eight season. And in January, while on the cusp of season six, two more seasons were confirmed. Today's news may establish that the speculation was right after all, signaling that the end is indeed nigh for Westeros.