Just in time to put a damper on your anticipation for the fourth season of Game of Thrones, Entertainment Weekly has posted an interview with producer David Benioff, who claims this year will be the halfway point for the hit HBO series.

“It feels like this is the midpoint for us,” Benioff told the site. “If we’re going to go seven seasons, which is the plan, season 4 is right down the middle, the pivot point.”

Fans might not want to think about the show’s mortality, but with such a large cast and big budget, there was never a chance for the series to reach the absurdity of 10 or more seasons. Even HBO programming president Michael Lombardo seems pretty certain seven seasons might be enough.

“I’m expecting to be sitting down with Dan and David to talk season 5 and we’ll talk about how things are looking,” he told the site. “We’re all very mindful that they’re having conversations all the time with [author George R.R. Martin]. I think they do feel bullish enough that there’s enough story to deliver through season 7. I hate to sound greedy, but our longest shows have gone 7 or 8 seasons, so seven is a nice long run for us.”

Unlike other HBO shows, Game of Thrones is adapted from a book series, which is only planned to last seven novels. While seven seasons might not sound like enough to ravenous fans, it’s the only way to stay true to George R.R. Martin’s vision without needlessly stretching the series out.

[via EW]