Rumors of mega-long 'Game of Thrones' episodes aren't true

Danny Woods
March 13, 2019

Winter is here and the eighth season of Game of Thrones is coming soon - but when the final chapter arrives on HBO, it won't make quite as big a splash as everyone had anticipated.

The final season of the hit HBO show will contain only six episodes, rumoured to be of feature length.

That remark echoed what Thrones sound designer Paula Fairfield noted about the impending season 8 episodes.

There will be just six episodes in the series, although they will each be longer than the normal episodes. Game of Thrones' episode lengths always vary, but these are very much in line with the sub-60 minute running time of previous seasons.

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The first two episodes, to be aired on April 14 and April 21, will have the runtimes of 54 minutes and 58 minutes, respectively.

So, what gives? Why are the first two episodes of what's expected to be the biggest, boldest, most jaw-dropping, WTF-inducing season of Game of Thrones a little shorter than expected? That's 2 full-length movies if you look at it that way and I am sure that length of time is all they needed or they would have taken more time to tell the story. Should that be true, it would certainly satisfy fans looking to go out with a film-sized bang. The final two episodes of Season 8 will tie with Season 7 finale "The Dragon and the Wolf" for longest Game of Thrones runtime. The show will come to an end in 2019 with six one hour episodes.

Now, the upcoming season premiere's runtime has been officially revealed, as reported by EW, the apparent plug for Game Of Thrones exclusives.

EW.com will have daily GoT coverage up until launch and through the season.

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