Game of Thrones season 8 runtimes revealed. Here’s how long the finale is going to be

The final season of Game of Thrones might have the least number of episodes, but they’ll be longer than usual. Here are the runtimes of each of the six final episodes of HBO’s fantasy show.
Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.
Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.
Updated on Mar 12, 2019 04:16 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

The runtimes of each of the final six episodes of Game of Thrones have been revealed. While HBO hasn’t released an official statement, the new details can be seen on the HBO website if the correct steps are followed.

When you toggle ahead to April 14 -- that’s the premiere date for season 8 -- you can select the season premiere and learn that it’s a 54-minute episode. Similarly, toggle further down and you’ll find that episode two is 58 minutes long. But to find out the runtimes of the remaining four episodes, you’ll need to alter the url of the pop-ups manually. For example, if the code at the end of episode two is 811556, changing it to 811557 will give you details about episode three.

Here are the runtimes of the final six Game of Thrones episodes:

Episode 801: 54 minutes

Episode 802: 58 minutes

Episode 803: 60 minutes

Episode 804: 78 minutes

Episode 805: 80 minutes

Episode 806: 80 minutes

In October, 2018, actor Iain Glen, who plays Ser Jorah Mormont in the fantasy series, had revealed that each of the show’s final episodes will ‘feature-length’. “We all sat down for the read-through of six feature-length episodes. They took longer to film, cost more, and are more surprising,” he told Daily Express.

Runtimes for episodes have gradually increased from the first season, which averaged around 56 minutes, to season seven, which averaged 63 minutes. The longest episode of the series is season seven’s The Dragon and the Wolf, which ran 80 minutes.

As has now been revealed, this record will be matched by the final two episodes of season eight, which will likely feature that famous climactic battle between the allies and the White Walkers. It reportedly took to crew more than 50 nights of consecutive shoots to capture the battle, which alone will last longer than any previous battle put on screen.

Also read: Inside Game of Thrones’ elaborate, record-breaking final battle scene: 750 crew, 11 weeks, icy rain, horse manure

The final Game of Thrones season will premiere on April 15 in India, and will conclude the epic story before multiple new spin-offs are unleashed. The show stars Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage and others.

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