WARNING! Mild spoilers for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Below!*
UPDATED: Runtimes for all 6 episodes have been released by HBO as reported by LRM and have been added.
Episode 1: 54 minutes – April 14
Episode 2: 58 minutes – April 21
Episode 3: 60 minutes – April 28
Episode 4: 78 minutes – May 5
Episode 5: 80 minutes – May 12
Episode 6: 80 minutes – May 19
Original article below:
Thanks to eagle-eyed fans over at Winter is Coming (as reported by Entertainment Weekly), HBO has now posted the exact run-time for the episodes of the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ on its online schedule, though sadly that schedule is still lacking any titles for the episodes (usually they do not release titles till about 2 or 3 weeks prior to release). Episode One is scheduled to clock in at about 54 minutes, with Episode Two at about 58 minutes, so both will be just under an hour, meaning that hopes of every episode of the final season being supersized have now been dashed. However, many are still predicting that despite the first two episodes being regular ‘Game of Thrones’ sized episodes the final four will be considerably longer, the guess being about 80 minutes, though where exactly that number is coming from, and how accurate it will end up being at the end of the day is anyone’s guess.
Regular sized episodes are not necessarily a bad thing, ‘Thrones’ has always had episodes around that length, and it has never hurt it before. Fans have just been quietly hoping for longer episodes simply because the final season has such a short run (only 6 episodes), but personally I have always feared if the final episodes were too long it might end up hurting the show as the series might be tempted to leave in too much filler material and not edit the show to its usual standards. Hearing the first two episodes are standard hour-length gives me more hope that the show-runners are going to maintain the high standards in the final season, despite things coming to an end, and not overly indulge themselves or the fans now that they are so close to the finish line.
What are your thoughts on the news that the first two episodes are less than an hour? Are you disappointed or do you think that length is fine? Are you more curious about how long the final four episodes are? Feel free to weigh in with your opinion in the comments below!