AceShowbiz - No more speculations! After multiple reports regarding the episode runtimes of "Game of Thrones" season 8, HBO has officially revealed how long each episode will be.
The numbers are pretty much similar to what has been reported, but the official runtimes, which the network announced on Friday, March 15, sees HBO extending the duration for the third episode of the highly-anticipated season.
The season opener, which is set to air on April 14, will run for 54 minutes. The second episode will air on April 21 for 58 minutes. Meanwhile, it seems like from episode 3 and beyond, fans will be treated to something bigger as the run times are over an hour.
The third episode was previously reported to run for 60 minutes, but the official runtime states that it will be going for an hour and 22 minutes. It marks the longest episode in the season as well as throughout the series. It's interesting since the third episode will reportedly feature the upcoming spectacular battle between the death and the living in Winterfell.
The fourth episode is set to have an hour and 18 minutes in duration. Meanwhile, both the penultimate and final episodes, which will air on May 12 and 19 respectively, are scheduled to run for an hour and 20 minutes each.
With this revelation, the final season of the hit HBO fantasy drama has 72 minutes as the average episode runtime. It has four super-sized episodes that are over an hour each, and it seems like fans will not be disappointed with the final season. Additionally, HBO chief Richard Plepler previously teased the final season was "like six movies," in terms of cinematic quality.
The stars of "Game of Thrones" have also been teasing what fans can expect from the new season. Slovak actor and stuntman Vladimir Furdik, who has been playing the Night King since season 6, revealed that the final season would see the Night King having "a target he wants to kill, and you will find out who that is."
Additionally, he said there would be another moment that was similar to the one in "Hardhome", when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was on the boat and the Night King looked at him and raised his arms. "There's a similar and even stronger moment between Jon and the Night King this time," he shared to Entertainment Weekly.
"Game of Thrones" season 8 premieres on Sunday, April 14 at 9 P.M. on HBO.