Published: Sat, March 16, 2019

HBO Confirms 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Episode Debut Dates and Runtimes

HBO Confirms 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Episode Debut Dates and Runtimes

HBO has confirmed that the first two episodes of the eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones" will be slightly shorter than the rest.

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. 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. Episode two, airing Sunday, April 21, is 58 minutes long.

Resourceful fans have been sussing out the official episode lengths for months now. One of these long episodes is no doubt dedicated to the Battle of Winterfell, of which executive producer Bryan Cogman said, "This final face-off between the Army of the Dead and the army of the living is completely unprecedented and relentless and a mixture of genres even within the battle".

To save you a trip to your local calculator, that all totals to 432 minutes (or 7 hours and 12 minutes) of unbridled Game of Thrones goodness.

The final season kicks off on Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. with a 54-minute episode. The cabler also revealed the debut dates for each of the last episodes, the first of which premieres on April 14. Game of Thrones final episodes begin next month. "When brands and television series alike are able to move beyond their primary platform and spill into popular culture, we see inspiration".

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