Game of Thrones Season 8 Episodes Runtimes Reportedly Revealed

Carla Harmon
March 12, 2019

In January, it was reported that the first two episodes would be 60 minutes, with the other four clocking in at 80, although the exact figures made this seem like a placeholder with the episodes not yet fully cut.

The third episode will have a runtime of 60 minutes, a full one hour, after which the episodes will start getting considerably longer to account for the last season of arguably the world's most popular TV show. What D.B. Weiss and David Benioff want, is for fans to react like they did for the ending of Breaking Bad: 'I hope we'll have the same discussion as Breaking Bad where people were wondering if it was an A or an A +,' Weiss told EW.


While it's always possible the final runtimes will be a little different by the time of each episode's premiere, the revealed runtimes for Game of Thrones Season 8 promises a conclusion as sprawling and definitive as long-time fans of the series could dream of, with plenty of space for long-awaited, heavily theorized events like Cleganebowl.

Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres April 15th on HBO.


Are you excited for Game of Thrones? It makes a certain amount of sense that the first two episodes could be moving pieces around on the chessboard to get everyone in place for that huge episode, and then for the remainder of the season to keep that momentum going with mega-long run times as the show hurtles toward its series finale. But when you have a series with such a large community of fans, it is very hard to please everyone, as D.B. Weiss and David Benioff told EW.

The long runtimes fit with HBO chief Richard Piepler's description of the show's final season as being like six movies. Check back with Looper before the season 8 launch to learn what the final six episodes are titled.


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