HBO confirms epic runtimes of Game of Thrones' final episodes

Heading into the final season of HBO's Game of Thrones, there had been rumors that the six Season 8 episodes would all be feature-length, spanning roughly 80 minutes. The season's six episodes felt more like "six movies" than they did a set of TV episodes, he insisted, which many people took to be a reference to their length.

This means that hardcore fans on Irish shores can stay up until the early hours of Monday morning to catch the new episodes. One of these long episodes is no doubt dedicated to the Battle of Winterfell, of which executive producer Bryan Cogman said, "This final face-off between the Army of the Dead and the army of the living is completely unprecedented and relentless and a mixture of genres even within the battle".

Here's when each episode will air and its estimated length.

The live simulcast of the first episode will begin at 2am on Monday, April 15.

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The fourth episode on May 5 will be slightly shorter at 78 minutes, while both the fifth and sixth episodes on May 12 and 19, respectively, will run 80 minutes.

We still don't have any official episode titles for these final installments, so this information doesn't tell us much about the watch ahead.

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.

Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres on HBO on Sunday, April 14 at 9/8c.

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