Game of Thrones will be entering its final two seasons. While fans are eagerly awaiting the upcoming one, a bit of information may have leaked concerning the run time of the final season’s episodes. The first “Game of Thrones” fan convention, dubbed “Con of Thrones,” wrapped this evening in Nashville just several weeks ahead of the big-budget fantasy show’s return on July 16th.
The upcoming seventh season will consist of seven episodes with one running just 50 minutes, three running 59 minutes, one running 63 minutes, one running 71 minutes, and the finale clocking in at a feature-length 81 minutes – the longest episode to date. The extra runtime adds up to the equivalent of eight standard episodes of the show. Still not enough but hopefully just as satisfying.
Vanity Fair reports that one of the attendees on the panels was series sound designer Paula Fairfield who has been with the series since the start of the third season. It appears that during the panel she dropped the most interesting revelation that the producers are currently considering having each of the six episodes of the eighth season clocking in at that 80 plus minute runtime.
Should that estimate hold once production and edits are done, it would see the final season clocking in at the equivalent of nearly nine standard episodes – one shy of a regular season.
George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” is brought to the screen as HBO sinks its considerable storytelling teeth into the medieval fantasy epic. It’s the depiction of two powerful families — kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men — playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne. Martin is credited as a co-executive producer and one of the writers for the series, which was filmed in Northern Ireland and Malta.
Game of Thrones’s seventh season will premiere on Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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