Game Of Thrones Season 8 Runtimes Are Shorter Than Expected

Season 8 of Game of Thrones is nearly upon us and whilst we have heard various rumoured runtimes for Season 8, as yet we had received no official confirmation of this.

Apple said at the time, "Check back each week for a special GOT offer".

For now, we just know that the first and second episode of Season 8 will have tame lengths. Normally, individual episodes are priced at $4.49 CAD each (there are 10 episodes in season 2).

Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on HBO on April 14, 2019. As I wrote at the time: "My speculation is that, if this information is accurate, that 60, 60, 80, 80, 80, 80 will translate into two episodes that are almost an hour and then four that are between 70-85 minutes - so, still, plenty of super-sized episodes (quite possibly the longest average episode length in the show's history), but not quite as perfectly rounded as what was estimated on stage".

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.

Runtimes for episodes have gradually increased from the first season, which averaged around 56 minutes, to season seven, which averaged 63 minutes. That's shorter than the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but still epic in scope, especially considering the final season of Game of Thrones is only the end of the A Song of Ice and Fire saga.

Overall we are still looking at a final season which will run to 410 minutes continuously (the titles aside).

You can go about ordering them here. I guess I am saying fans shouldn't start being negative about not enough time, until we see the show and judge the finale for ourselves.

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  • Kyle Peterson