The specific running times of individual episodes is rarely discussed in the build-up to a new season of a TV show–but most shows aren’t Game of Thrones. For more than a year there has been much speculation about how long each of the six episodes of the show’s eighth and final season will be. HBO has now revealed these running times ahead of the season’s April 14 premiere.
The length of the first two episodes was confirmed last week, and both clocked in at just under an hour. However, as expected, the next four run much longer. All of them are around the 80 minute mark, which supports HBO boss Richard Plepler’s description of the final season as like “watching a movie”. The estimated runnings times are as follows:
- Episode 1: 54 mins (April 14)
- Episode 2: 58 mins (April 21)
- Episode 3: 82 mins (April 28)
- Episode 4: 78 mins (May 5)
- Episode 5: 80 mins (May 12)
- Episode 6: 80 mins (May 19)
The full trailer for Game of Thrones Season 8 was released last week. It focuses on setting up the the epic battle against the Night King and his army of the dead at Winterfell–for more insight, check out GameSpot’s trailer breakdown.
Although Game of Thrones is nearing the end, there is a prequel spin-off on the way. X-Men: First Class’ Jane Goldman will serve as showrunner and has developed the story with creator George RR Martin. The show is expected to start filming early this summer, and premiere in 2020 or 2021.