With less than two weeks left until Game of Thrones Season 7 debuts on HBO, we already know that this year will be shorter than the first six seasons before it. This latest run will be seven episodes, while the eighth and final season will span just six episodes. Although it seems the final season may end up feeling like a full season after all. During an appearance at Nashville's Con of Thrones convention, costume designer Paula Fairfield hinted that Game of Thrones Season 8 may feature six feature-length episodes.
David Chen, who hosted a live Con of Thrones podcast this year, was present during Paula Fairfield's panel. One of the revelations shared on David Chen's Twitter is that the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale will clock in at a whopping 82 minutes long, and that they are considering making each of the final season episodes feature-length. If they do make all of the Game of Thrones final season episodes roughly 90 minutes long, then it would actually be closer to a full season than expected. While most seasons clock in at around 600 minutes, or 10 hours, with 10 60-minute episodes, Season 8 with six 90 minute episodes would clock in at 540 minutes, or nine hours exactly.
As of now, the longest episode in series history is the most recent, the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale, The Winds of Winter, which clocked in at 68 minutes. Of course, there was a lot of information to unpack from that episode, most prominently, the confirmation of a long-held fan theory, known as R+L=J. Fans finally learned, through Bran Stark's (Isaac Hempstead Wright) greensight vision, that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is not in fact the bastard son of Ned Stark, but instead the son of his sister, Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. We also saw that Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) had returned to Westeros, knocking off another name on her death list, after killing Walder Frey (David Bradley), who orchestrated the Red Wedding.
The finale also featured Daenerys Targaryen finally setting sail for Westeros with her new fleet and army of unsullied soldiers, and of course her three monstrous dragons. Dany will be landing in Dragonstone this season, her ancestral homeland, where she will most certainly prepare for her attack on King's Landing, where she plans to stake her claim to the Iron Throne. The end of last season also saw Jon Snow being crowed the new King in the North, although nobody knows that he has a true claim to the Iron Throne, being of both Stark and Targaryen descent. Bran Stark and Meera (Ellie Kendrick) both made it to The Wall at the end of last season, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes him to reunite with Jon Snow and tell him the news of his true heritage.
HBO has also confirmed that Game of Thrones will be heading to Comic-Con 2017 this year, with a Q&A panel happening on Friday, July 21 at 1:30 PM. Cast members Panelists include cast members Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) have all been confirmed to return, with the moderator said to be a "special guest from Westeros." Take a look at the tweets from David Chen about the final season of Game of Thrones.