Game of Thrones final season to be simulcast

Angelo Anderson
March 15, 2019

HBO has now confirmed the air dates and estimated runtimes for all six episodes of the fantasy blockbuster's eighth and final season.

Previously, it was rumored each of the six episodes could be as long as most movies. However, the third episode and onward leap into cinematic territory with the final episodes pushing nearly an hour and a half each.

In the almost 20 months since the Night King and his ice dragon took down the Wall in the closing scene of Game of Thrones' season 7 finale, fans have made countless predictions about what's to come in season 8.

While we now have the runtimes we still don't know the titles of each episode, leaving a bit of mystery still in the air.

Episode 3 on April 28 will be the longest of the series, at 1 hour and 22 minutes. Episode four, Sunday May 5, is back down to an hour and 18 minutes, but episode five on Sunday, May 12 is back up to an hour and 20 minutes.

"How are they possibly going to tie up all the loose ends in only 6 slightly longer than average episodes?" another Game of Thrones fan asked.

According to the press release from HBO, the first two episodes of the season - airing April 14 and 21 - run at a little under an hour, which is not all that different from past episodes.

If it wasn't already obvious to you that there's quite a lot of excitement building about Game of Thrones, perhaps this - the news that it's now reached a point where it's inspiring special collections of Adidas trainers - will spell it out for you.

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