In a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have estimated that the show will run for just another ten to fifteen hours after Season 6. With more cliches than you can poke a stick at Dan and Dave said:
“We’re not walking away. We’re approaching the finish line. From the outset, our hope was to tell a complete story — beginning, middle and end. We are writing the final act now, and the last thing we want to do is stay on stage after the play is over.”
They also commented on the show’s departure from the source material, claiming that:
“The show has diverged from the books quite dramatically by this point, but it’s still George’s world: The characters he’s dreamt up in the world he created. At this point, given the fact that we’re outpacing the novels, we all see the upside in the divergence: book readers won’t be spoiled by what’s to come on the show, and the show audience won’t have to worry about spoilers from the unpublished books. And we’re very happy that the show has led so many people to discover George’s amazing books.”
The “book readers won’t be spoiled by what’s to come on the show” is an interesting remark, usually Dan and Dave admit spoilers will be inevitable. At the very least the fate of Jon Snow will be revealed soon. Season 6 premieres this Sunday the 24th of April.