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john bradley maisie williamsAfter a recent shocker by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss who are mulling shorter final two seasons and then a near confirmation by director Jack Bender, the show’s cast has now come forward and shared the same feeling. Speaking to Hollywood Reporter, John Bradley (Samwell) has revealed that season 6 will be mostly about ‘redemption’ and tying the ‘loose ends’ up:

“You get the sense that stories are coming to a conclusion… Even great shows find it hard to sustain over time. One of my favorite shows is Breaking Bad, but I do feel like with that last season, there’s a new starting point. I think season four wrapped up really nicely, and season five [felt] almost contrived to get to another season. I don’t think that’s going to happen here. Everybody’s through-line is so complete and direct.”

Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton) believes that given the show’s reputation of killing off main characters, the creators can wrap up the show ‘incredibly fast’:

“Definitely, yeah. They can move so fast as writers. They can cut swathes of people, just killing people off. Suddenly, a person’s gone, and that journey’s over, and that journey’s over … with all these characters, [the writers] can move incredibly fast with the storytelling.”

Maisie Williams (Arya) reveals that after season 6 completes its run, it will feel like the end is near:

“We’re building up to a massive downhill sprint. That’s what it feels like. We’re getting more riled up. At the end of this [season], people will obviously be waiting for the next season of the series, but it will feel like the end is in sight.”

Kristofer Hivju (Tormund) adds:

“In many TV shows, season six is the season where you really start rebooting the same conflicts over and over again. This is a big journey for all the characters. It’s one big story. We don’t have to redefine the essence of the show. We’re just continuing.”

But not everyone from the cast shares this sentiment. Alfie Allen (Theon) wants Game of Thrones ‘to carry on forever’. You’re certainly not alone Alfie! Maybe a prequel miniseries about the Mad King and Robert’s rebellion? Considering the success of Game of Thrones, even if does end with shorter final seasons, I don’t think we’ll be saying goodbye to the world of Ice & Fire anytime soon.

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