While we have learned Game of Thrones season 7 will only consist of 7 episodes compare to the previous 6 seasons of 10 episodes, Watchers on The Wall, a community page of HBO site has confirmed 3 of the upcoming episodes of season 7 will exceed an hour in length with episodes 6 and 7 breaking the records at 71 minutes and 81 minutes respectively. The running time of those two episodes could rival some of the feature films. The previous record was last season finale episode “The Winds of Winter” which stand at 68 minutes. Here is the breakdown of season 7 running time.
- Episode 1 – 59 minutes
- Episode 2 – 59 minutes
- Episode 3 – 63 minutes
- Episode 4 – 50 minutes
- Episode 5 – 59 minutes
- Episode 6 – 71 minutes
- Episode 7 – 81 minutes
While season 7 with total of 7 hours and 22 minutes can’t quite make up for the average 9 hours and 15 minutes of an average season of the series, it is good to know the show runners is not confine by the network strict time line that can easily affect the story telling of a great series like Game of Thrones. If you intend to dvr the show be mindful of the running time of each episode. Season 7 will return Sunday 9 pm July 16 on HBO. Last season finale saw Daenery’s(Emilia Clarke), her dragons and her army was on the way to Westeros where Cersei(Lena Headey) had just crown herself as the Queen of Seven Kingdoms. The Night King(Vladimir Furdik) and his night walker armies are on the way south to battle Jon Snow(Kit Harington) the King of the North. If the anticipation of these impending wars are not enough, actor Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) teased on her twitter with this last year. “Just finished reading season 7, s**t gets REAL. I’d start preparing yourselves now… scratch that, nothing will prepare you for this… Holy BALLS.”. On the not so good news front, it seems Season 8 with only 6 episodes left will be delayed til 2019. Casey Bloys the new programming president of HBO recently gave an interview with Entertainment Weekly has this to say,
EW: “So as of now, the final season could air in 2018 and/or in 2019 depending on [the showrunners’] needs?”
Bloys: “Yeah. They have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule. We’ll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing.”
Casey Bloys also said HBO is in development to produced four prequels to Game of Thrones. However, the current show runners of the series, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will not be involve with the prequels.
What do you think of the delay? Could this be a continuation strategy on HBO part to have the prequels ready when Game of Thrones bid its farewell? Can we hope for extended run time for all 6 episodes in Season 8?