Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, "The Rains of Castamere," was the show's most shocking yet. But as the show reaches the end of its third season, might that massive episode also mark the show's halfway point? According to Game of Thrones' showrunners, we're pretty close to the halfway point of the overall story.
"The point going into it was that we wanted to start at the beginning and work our way through to the end, work our way through to the point beyond which there was no reason to keep telling the story because it was over," co-showrunner D.B. Weiss told the Los Angeles Times. "How long exactly that’s going to take and what form it’s going to take is obviously something that needs to be determined as we go.”
“The main thing is not wanting to outstay our welcome," added co-showrunner David Benioff. "There is a tendency, I think, to, if something goes well, you want to stick with it and just keep it going forever and ever. As much fun as we’re having with this — I certainly haven’t had more fun on anything — as Dan just said, part of the reason we love this story so much is because it’s a singlestory. This very much has a beginning and an end and we’re nearly halfway there.”
Here's why they think so: the many deaths in "The Rains of Castamere" appears to be an indication of the winds changing -- instead of adding more pieces to the board, the show is starting to sweep them away. "I think we’re heading into the negative population growth phase of the show," Weiss said (though don't worry -- there are a few important new characters being introduced in season 4).
Don't think that this means Game of Thrones will only air for six seasons -- that seems incredibly unlikely at this point -- most discussions of the show's ultimate duration usually veer between a seven- or eight-season run. Just long enough, if you ask me.
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Game of Thrones will air its season 3 finale, "Mhysa," this Sunday at 9/8c on HBO.