Game of Thrones Season 8 Episodes Runtimes Reportedly Revealed

Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres on April 14

Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres on April 14

The final two episodes of Season 8 will tie with Season 7 finale "The Dragon and the Wolf" for longest Game of Thrones runtime.

Back in 2017, sound designer Paula Fairfield teased that the Game of Thrones showrunners were considering extending all six episodes of the upcoming final season from the traditional hour-long run times to the length of feature films. Episode 1, which premieres on April 14, will be 54 minutes, while Episode 2 the following week is 58 minutes. Season 7's finale came in at almost 80 minutes, which has been the longest Game of Thrones episode to date. "They'll be dancing around the bigger numbers, I know that for sure", he wrote in November of 2018. Game of Thrones' episode lengths always vary, but these are very much in line with the sub-60 minute running time of previous seasons. 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.

The runtimes for Season 8 get progressively longer as the season unfolds, but is not uncommon for Game of Thrones.

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With only six episodes to fit a whole season's worth of story into, Thrones will have to make the most of every minute of season 8.

Collider points us to Game of Thrones fan site Watchers on the Wall, who noticed that HBO had updated its site with official run times for the first two episodes of the final season. Though the first two installments are coming in under 60 minutes (and certainly aren't the movie-length episodes that were hinted at a year and a half ago), fans can rest easy knowing that the action and drama featured in each will be oh-so satisfying.

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