Why did Game of Thrones only have 7 episodes in season 7? Usually they have 10 episodes per season.

  • For some reason I had it in my head that the episodes in season 7 were longer than the usual hour, but it would seem that only applied to the last two episodes (70 and 80 minutes, respectively). So technically they could have spread out season 7 to 7½ standard-length episodes :o) Oct 10, 2017 at 10:40
  • Just FYI (and nothing really to do with the question): if you watched the entirety of all seven seasons in one go it would take you almost 63 hours, or over 2½ days! The longest season is the first (oddly enough) and the shortest was the fourth. Generally the last episode of each season is the longest. Oct 10, 2017 at 10:46

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Game of Thrones don't have novels to follow anymore. It was stated many time that Martin already shared the ending with HBO team but they don't have each and every single detail which Martin will add in his novel sooner or later. They have to make their own story and also to shoot more expensive fights.

So the reason seems to be lack or story detailing in the absence of novels and increasing cost.

From metro.co.uk, this is what one of the cast member said about it:

‘They are taking the length of time it takes to shoot ten episodes to shoot just seven this year and six next year,’ Iain Glen, who plays Ser Jorah in the show told RadioTimes.com.

‘I think the scale and size of the set pieces, the world that is being created it’s just getting more and more extraordinary,’ he added. ‘They feel they need that time to shoot seven hours as opposed to ten.’


Season 7 of Game of Thrones had only seven episodes due to less story content remaining, increased production values and the time required to film the episodes involved larger set pieces than in previous seasons.

Caveat. How do I know this it? I googled Season 7 Game of Thrones. So this answer may not be complete.

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    Yes! Trivia - Season 8 is going to cost over 90 Million Dollars to produce (15 Mill per episode!) thedailybeast.com/… Oct 10, 2017 at 3:19
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    Also, as more and more characters' storylines converged, geographically, that meant less ability to simultaneously shoot at different locations. Oct 11, 2017 at 18:56

Following their explosive season six finale, Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have made it clear that there are only but a handful of episodes left to spread across the final two seasons of their HBO hit. "It's two more seasons we're talking about. From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that's what we'll end up with," Benioff told Deadline. "Call it 73 for now."

For those not keeping score at home, each of GoT's six seasons have been made up of 10 episodes each, bringing the series to a current total of 60 hours and leaving us with only 13-15 to hit their target.


They’ve decided on the 13 episodes between the final two seasons based on how far they think they can take the story.


Honestly, this wasn't hard to find.

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