Runtime of Game of Thrones final season episodes revealed

Oscar Cross
March 14, 2019

I'm pretty sure HBO never put any kind of limitations on how long episodes should be and we have actually had a longer episode already in Season 7.

For now, we just know that the first and second episode of Season 8 will have tame lengths. Game of Thrones has always been at its best when it's slicing through storylines efficiently instead of letting added unnecessary bloat drag the rest of its story down (examples: the whole "Reek" subplot, and Arya's training at the House of Black and White), so hopefully we'll see more of that efficiency put to use as the board is set for The Wars to Come.

The 8th season of Game of Thrones starts on M-Net (DStv 101) on Monday, 15 April at 03:00 with an episode that will be 54 minutes in duration, as an Express from the USA title with episodes that will be shown simultaneously as in the United States and again at 22:00 on the same day.

Game of Thrones is surely the most popular series of recent years so there are big expectations for its final series - and a lot of pressure on the show's creators to deliver a good ending. Apparently, an HBO executive claimed that the first two episodes ran for about an hour, while the final four hovered closer to the eighty-minute mark. He will also helm three other episodes.


These new, upgraded security standards regarding content management, storage and playout have been in place specifically for Game of Thrones and all of the other HBO shows that M-Net broadcasts as Express from the USA, and was recently reviewed with HBO asking for additional changes from worldwide broadcasters that acquired the show.

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Still at a total of 6 hours 50 minutes, season eight is still the shortest of the seven seasons, undercutting season seven by half an hour. Should that be true, it would certainly satisfy fans looking to go out with a film-sized bang.

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