After almost two years of waiting, the final season of HBO's Game of Thrones is almost upon us with just over four weeks of anxious waiting left. The recently released trailer gave us plenty of fresh footage to obsess over, but one burning question remains unanswered, what's the running time of these final six episodes?
Last year, reports surfaced that each episode of the last season would be feature-length (70-90 minutes); naturally, us fans thought this was amazing news (as long as that was what the story needed). Those rumors were never confirmed, but GOT producers did anticipate some episodes running longer than the standard 50-60 minutes. HBO has now revealed the running times of all six episodes which promise an epic conclusion to the acclaimed series.
The first episode runs at 54 minutes with the second and third clocking 58 and 60 minutes respectively. Things ramp up with a 78-minute episode four with the final two episodes running at 80 minutes a piece. The last two episodes will be the longest of the series, narrowly beating the season seven finale "The Dragon and the Wolf" which ran 79 minutes and 43 seconds.
As we prepare ourselves to say goodbye to Game of Thrones, we will be journeying back to the world forged by George R.R Martin sooner than you'd think. Created byJane Goldman & George R.R. Martin, the as yet untitled prequel series will star Naomi Watts and is currently in production. Plot details remain under wraps, but the synopsis that was released last year was enough to send fans into a frenzy,
"Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros's history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend...it's not the story we think we know."
Possibly titled The Long Night (or at least the pilot episode's title), there are no fixed plans on when the series will arrive on HBO, but early next year seems like a safe bet.
Game of Thrones returns on April 14.