Runtimes for Game of Thrones season 8 episodes revealed

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We knew Game of Thrones season 8 wouldn’t cut corners when it came to capping off the series with its final six episodes, but the reported Game of Thrones season 8 episode runtimes that have just been revealed put it in a whole ‘nother ball park. We’re talking two-thirds of the show’s final run potentially going above and beyond the longest current Game of Thrones episode – and the other two aren’t exactly bite-sized either.

As reported by Winter is Coming, French outlet Premiere witnessed an Orange Cinema Series presentation involving Game of Thrones season 8, presumably with the intention of OCS, a collection of French TV channels, laying out the groundwork for airing the new Thrones season.

Now, my French is a little rusty but, during the talk, Premiere reveals that the first two Game of Thrones season 8 episode runtimes would be set at 60 minutes, while the final four would be 80 minutes. Each would, with commercials, span 90 minutes on-air. For context, the longest Game of Thrones episode is the Game of Thrones season 7 finale, at a bum-numbing 81 minutes.

 

What exactly does “XXL” mean? Later, Premiere got specific with another tweet:

Roughly translated (thanks, Google Chrome), the tweet reads:

Useful clarification: @OCSTV explained orally that the first two episodes of the final season of #GameOfThrones would last 60 minutes, and the following four episodes 80 minutes according to the latest HBO news.

Let’s break that down a little further:

Episode 801: 60 minutes
Episode 802: 60 minutes
Episode 803: 80 minutes
Episode 804: 80 minutes
Episode 805: 80 minutes
Episode 806: 80 minutes

Now, the final episode lengths probably won’t be that exact — I doubt HBO is even done editing them, so expect things to track up or down here and there — but taking this as the basic truth, it means season 8 will run a total of 440 minutes, or seven hours and 20 minutes. That’s only two minutes shorter than season 7, which ran for 442 minutes. Episode 3-6 would all be about as long as “The Dragon and the Wolf,” which at 81 minutes is the longest episode of the series to date.

We’ve heard noise for a while about the final episodes of Game of Thrones being “feature-length,” and while 80 minutes is shorter than your average blockbuster in theaters today, there are plenty of good movies that run about that long, so it counts.

What do you think? Is this legit? Are you happy with the runtime for each episode? Let’s discuss!

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