Here’s a piece of news that’ll have you angrier than the Hound when there’s no chicken left…Game of Thrones might not have the supersized Season 8 we’ve all been holding out for.
HBO’s ice and fire epic has been off our screens since 2017 as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have gone away to craft their perfect snowy swansong. There were promises that the final six episodes would be like six mini-movies, but don’t hold your breath.
According to French entertainment site Premiere (via Winter is Coming), the runtimes for episode 801 to 806 have reportedly been revealed.
Premiere was at a French press event where a group of channels showcased their upcoming shows for the year. Despite a tweet that Game of Thrones Season 8 will be XXL, it isn’t quite the case.
Sources suggest that the first two episodes will be 60 minutes long, followed by four episodes of 80 minutes. Bearing in mind that HBO probably isn’t anywhere near finished the post-production on its final few episodes, take these runtimes with a pinch of salt.
Ultimately, the idea of the first two episodes being just 60 minutes is a bit of a bummer. Considering the 2011’s pilot episode “Winter is Coming” clocked in at 62 minutes, this isn’t exactly groundbreaking TV here.
If you add up these preliminary times, it would mean Game of Thrones Season 8 will round off with another seven hours (and 20 minutes) of bloodthirsty battles, raunchy romances, and more dragons and d*cks than you can shake a stick at.
Remembering back to Season 7, Game of Thrones had some supersized episodes and even aired the longest episode in the history of the show. While Season 7 was still a thrilling trip across the Seven Kingdom, there were some moments that were slower than the White Walkers traipsing from Hardhome.
It’s also interesting to note that Season 8’s speculatory runtime of 440 minutes makes it two minutes shy of Season 7’s 442 minutes. Sure, Season 7 had an extra episode, but this isn’t exactly the night (that is long and full of terrors) we’ve been waiting years to see.
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