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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Runtime: Episode Lengths for All Six Episodes Could Have Filled Seven

The upcoming HBO schedule seems to reveal the official runtime for all six episodes in Game of Thrones Season 8, which premieres April 14 and will bring the epic fantasy series to a conclusion. Running a whopping six hours and fifty minutes, the final season of Game of Thrones is overstuffed enough to fill seven episodes.

After fan site Winter Is Coming noticed HBO has already posted two Game of Thrones Season 8 episodes to its programming schedule, a commenter pointed out that simply modifying the URL uncovered listings for future episodes as well. That means we now have HBO’s official runtime descriptions for all six episodes. Here’s how long each episode of Game of Thrones ’ final season will run:

  • Season 8 Episode 1 - 54 minutes
  • Season 8 Episode 2 - 58 minutes
  • Season 8 Episode 3 - 60 minutes
  • Season 8 Episode 4 - 78 minutes
  • Season 8 Episode 5 - 80 minutes
  • Season 8 Episode 6 - 80 minutes

While the first half of the season will have fairly traditional runtimes for Game of Thrones, the back half is stuffed with lengthier episodes, very nearly approaching feature-length runtimes.

The revealed runtimes differ somewhat from 2018 runtime hints, such as series’ director David Nutter’s description: “Season 8 episodes will all, I think, be longer than 60 minutes. They’ll be dancing around the bigger numbers, I know that for sure.”

This won’t be the first time Game of Thrones has had episodes run over an hour. The final two episodes of Season 8 will tie with Season 7 finale “The Dragon and the Wolf” for longest Game of Thrones runtime.

All together, the episodes total 410 minutes, or six hours and 50 minutes. That’s shorter than the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but still epic in scope, especially considering the final season of Game of Thrones is only the end of the A Song of Ice and Fire saga. Considering the two shortest episodes of Game of Thrones were each 50 minutes long, this means that Season 8 technically contains seven episodes worth of material.

While it’s always possible the final runtimes will be a little different by the time of each episode’s premiere, the revealed runtimes for Game of Thrones Season 8 promises a conclusion as sprawling and definitive as long-time fans of the series could dream of, with plenty of space for long-awaited, heavily theorized events like Cleganebowl.

Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season, with the first episode premiering on HBO on April 14.

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