HBO's Confirmed Game of Thrones Season 8's Episodes Won't be Two Hours Long

By Tom Pritchard on at

Last year we learned that Game of Thrones' eighth season would be short. Only six episodes long, in fact, which doesn't seem like there's enough room to get everything done. But then we heard that some, but not all, of those episodes may be 'feature-length'. In other words they could be anything from 90 minutes to two hours long, rather than the more typical 50-60 minutes. But now we know there won't be anything that hits the two hour mark.

That's been confirmed by HBO's head of programming Casey Bloys when speaking to Entertainment Weekly.

EW: Game of Thrones final season: I realize editing is ongoing but my understanding is that all the episodes are likely between 50-90 minutes — it’s not like a season of two-hour episodes, in other words.

Casey BloysNot two hours? Yes, they are not going to be. Not that I’ve seen, anyway.

He didn't discount the possibility that some episodes would be longer than an hour, but he made it pretty clear that as far as he knows there are no episodes that reach the 120 minute mark - and presumably none that are so close it's easier to round up than round down. Being head of programming he would know.

Game of Thrones hasn't exactly stayed away from extended film-like running times, though. The Season 7 finale was 82 minutes long, which is on par with a lot of shorter films. I can't imagine the final season would deliberately avoid doing that, even if the sixth and final episode is the only one with an extended running time.

HBO recently confirmed that Game of Thrones would return in 'early 2019' but didn't say when, and Bloys' interview with EW didn't do much to reveal a more specific premiere date. He did confirm that a trailer is likely to arrive this year, but he doesn't know for sure. He's also not that sure when Westworld's third season will arrive either, but noted that "anything's possible" when it comes to a 2019 debut. [EW via Ubergizmo]