It's been known for a long time that the upcoming eighth season of Game of Thrones will be much shorter than previous ones, comprising only six episodes. Well, it seems like those rumored run times were guesstimates at best as HBO have officially revealed the run times for the first 2 episodes on their schedule.
When you toggle ahead to April 14 - that's the premiere date for season 8 - you can select the season premiere and learn that it's a 54-minute episode.
That remark echoed what Thrones sound designer Paula Fairfield noted about the impending season 8 episodes.
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The grand finale of Game of Thrones is coming, but according to the show's creators, some fans are not going to be happy with the long-awaited climax of the series. Now we have word that the scope of the season is slightly smaller than that, because the lengths of the first two episodes of season eight have been revealed.
The answer is simple and certainly not as dramatic as the events yet to unfold on Thrones during season 8: the episodes hadn't been finalized when Nutter wrote that they would all be around 60 minutes or longer, and the editing process clipped away a few minutes from each. The second episode, airing on April 21, will be 58 minutes.
This second season of Game of Thrones also includes 10 bonus videos detailing behind-the-scenes and other extras for fans of the show. Check back with Looper before the season 8 launch to learn what the final six episodes are titled.