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Game of Thrones is almost halfway over

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You don't need to plan a finale party yet, but the end is officially in sight: According to a recent Vanity Fair cover story, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss plan to end Game of Thrones after "seven or eight seasons" — which, on the show's current trajectory, would mean it would be off the air by 2018 at the latest. "It doesn't just keep on going because it can," says co-creator D.B. Weiss. "I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that."

Of course, the more pressing problem for the HBO series is the very real possibility that the TV show's story will eclipse the writing pace of author George R.R. Martin, who is still writing The Winds of Winter, the next installment of the book series on which the HBO show is based. "It's alarming," concedes Martin. For more information on Game of Thrones — including star Peter Dinklage's reluctance to use the term "fantasy" — click over to Vanity Fair.