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It's been known that Game of Thrones will likely end its story in Season 7 or Season 8. Back in April, word came that it was looking like two more seasons for sure, but that they'd be shortened, a la Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Sopranos.

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

Now a new interview with director Jack Bender, who made his Thrones debut with the past two week's episodes ("Hold the Door," "Blood of My Blood") seems to confirm the news. Asked by Vanity Fair if he'll return next season, the Lost/Under the Dome/Alias veteran said: 

"I don’t know the answer to that. They’re only doing seven [episodes], and they’ve got their regulars who have done it forever. ... But under the best of circumstances, schedule and everything, I had a great experience doing the show. If available and they wanted me to, I would love to do that."

Just imagine waiting 10 months for Game of Thrones to come back...and only getting a seven-week season. We're shuddering harder than some poorly clad rangers north of the Wall.

Hear Fuse's Back of the Class podcast give a halftime report on GoT Season 6 at the 28:05 mark in the episode below: