Here are those lengthy Game of Thrones Season 8 episodes that were previously teased. Fans are only going to get six episodes for the final season of the hit HBO show, but we're looking at 432 minutes worth of action. The final season is only 8 minutes shorter than Season 7, which had seven episodes. This is going to be an epic sendoff and after looking at the runtimes for the first two episodes, fans were left wondering where those "feature-length" ideas came from. As it turns out, they have been saved for the end and the middle.
Game of Thrones Season 8 will feature some pretty long episodes, which had been rumored and speculated about. The rumored times were pretty close, but HBO has released the official runtimes for all six episodes now. As previously reported, the first two will be the shortest, coming in at 54 and 58 minutes, respectively. Episode 3 is the longest episode at an hour and 22 minutes and then episode four runs for an hour and 18 minutes. The final two episodes of the series are both an hour and 20 minutes.
Even though these runtimes were pretty close to what was initially reported, it's the episode 3 timing that is the most surprising. Will that episode contain the biggest battle that Game of Thrones has ever shown? It's way too early to speculate about that now. But we do know that it's coming and it's going to be massive. We're now less than a month away from the final season of the series hitting TV screens.
For the final two Game of Thrones Season 8 episodes, those runtimes could still change in the coming weeks, due to further editing and tweaking. With that being said, it is believed that the bulk of the story editing is done and that the crew are working on the CGI and special effects. When talking about the release date of the show late last year, the crew expected to be working down to the wire to make sure that those dragons look the best way that they ever have.
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres on April 14th, exclusively on HBO. The series is expected to break ratings records, both official and unofficial. It is no secret that Game of Thrones is the most heavily pirated show in the history of online piracy, so those numbers will be interesting to see too. There will be parties on every Sunday night that the show airs as fans countdown to the final two episodes and the last times that they ever get to see some of their favorite characters of all time. Who will make it out alive? We'll just have to wait and see. Thankfully, we now have a better idea as to how long everything will be. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce the final runtimes.