It’s been a long, dark journey but the wait is almost over… winter is practically here. While we have all been gutted that the final season of Game of Thrones will have ONLY six episodes, the promise that these eps will be longer than usual has kept us (relatively) happy.
With just over a month left before the season premiere, HBO released yesterday (March 11) the exact length of each of these episodes. That gives you four and a half weeks to find the comfiest seat in the house and stock up on snacks, as you are going to need them.
The season 8 premiere will run for 54 minutes and is the shortest of the six. The second episode will be slightly longer at 58 minutes. Episode three will then be 60 minutes long.
For the final three episodes of the series, you will want to prepare yourselves in more ways than one. Episode four clocks in at 78 minutes, while episode five and the series’ finale are both 80 minutes long. That is basically a movie a week for the last three weeks. We are certainly not complaining about that.
The episode lengths are roughly what was first rumoured in January and is in line with comments from HBO Chief Richard Plepler to Variety. “It’s a spectacle. The guys have done six movies. The reaction I had while watching them was, ‘I’m watching a movie.'”
And is the final season going to be as epic as we all hope and expect? He believes it will be, saying of showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss: “They knew the bar was high. They’ve exceeded the bar. I’ve watched them twice without any CGI and I’m in awe. Everybody’s in for an extraordinary treat of storytelling and of magical, magical production.”
We can’t wait!
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on April 14.