While it did disappoint fans worldwide when they found out that they’ll only get seven episodes from the upcoming season of Game of Thrones (instead of the normal 10), however, there is a reason to rejoice as despite the reduced episode count, the season will still clock in at eight hours worth of run time.
While there are approximately 146 plot lines in the series and after six seasons only half of them are connected, but HBO and co-showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have promised that the remaining will also flow in the series organically.
“We have two episodes over 60 minutes this year,” showrunner Dan Weiss told EW. “One will be our longest episode ever — it’s coming in around 90 minutes,” added showrunner David Benioff. “Another is going to be our shortest episode at 50 minutes.”
Meanwhile, Season 8 will get even more exciting. The average length of an episode of Game of Thrones is 55 minutes or 550 minutes in a season. But According to reports, all six episodes in Season 8 will be 81 minutes long, that is same as the runtime of a lot of Hollywood movies. So, the six episodes combined will equal 486 minutes. Yes, it’s less time spent in Winterfell, but it’s also less time spent in Dorne, so… win-win?
The previous longest episode in the saga was the season 6 finale, “The Winds of Winter,” which ran for 69 minutes.