Game of Thrones Final Season Episode Runtimes Are Shorter Than You Thought

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But now HBO has confirmed a small - yet significant - new detail: just how long the final season is actually going to be.

However, HBO have now officially confirmed the durations for all six episodes and we're delighted to say that the average duration for the episodes in Season 8 will be 72 minutes.

Episode 2 - April 21, 58 minutes.

Episode 3 - April 28, 1 hr. But despite fewer episodes, Season 8 will be nearly as long as Season 7 in total runtime: 432 minutes to Season 7's 440 minutes. Episode 4 airs May 5 and will run 1 hour, 18 minutes, with Episode 5 following May 12 at 1 hour, 20 minutes. Make sure you've cleared out your Sunday nights for the following dates, because it's unlikely you'll have time to do anything other than watching the feature-length episodes and talking about them for hours afterwards.

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This is longer than every single Game of Thrones episode that has been aired so far, except the Season 7 finale, The Dragon and the Wolf. Yet not quite the "feature film" length that some fans had been hoping for.

Would it have made more sense to just have a regular 10-episode season consisting of 40- to 60-minute episodes, instead of a six-episode season with movies?

HBO has been pretty upfront with its plans to create a Game of Thrones prequel series, which is set thousands of years before the events of the current show and stars Naomi Watts in the leading role.

Yes, this means that it will all be beginning very early in the morning.

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