Published: Sat, March 16, 2019

'Game of Thrones' final episode lengths, dates revealed

'Game of Thrones' final episode lengths, dates revealed

The eighth season of the show will be the shortest at just 6 episodes. But HBO finally revealed another tidbit in a press release Friday: how long the episodes will be. The longest will be episode three at 82 minutes, followed by episode four at 78 minutes and the final two episodes both clocking in at 80 minutes apiece. The episode on the 28th is the first one from the new set to extend beyond 60 minutes, at an hour and 22 minutes.

We knew from a previous leak that the last few episodes would be way longer than usual, but to see HBO go all-out for the finale is heartening - after all, Game of Thrones season 8 needs to give us an enormous amount of closure after all these years. Episode 4 airs May 5 and will run 1 hour, 18 minutes, with Episode 5 following May 12 at 1 hour, 20 minutes.

The reputable fan site Watchers on the Wall have confirmed that the domain of House Stark will be the main setting for the third episode and this is supported by a previous interview that Vladimir Furdik (The Night King) gave to the Hungarian news website Sorozat Wiki, as translated by a native speaker at Mashable.

From that point, the lengths are edging closer to film length.

"How are they possibly going to tie up all the loose ends in only 6 slightly longer than average episodes?" another Game of Thrones fan asked.

The episodes will be broadcast on Sunday's at 9pm EST in the United States and Canada, or 9pm on Mondays on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in Ireland and the UK. Well, it turns out that isn't quite the case - but there will be a fair few longer episodes in Game Of Thrones' final run.

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

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