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– by Campbell Clark

It seems that no matter how official the reported runtimes for Game of Thrones have been revealed, they may surprisingly still be subject to change. We had heard some rumored run times for the show a few weeks ago, but when HBO revealed the official times it turned out these placeholder times were a little off. But now, it seems like even those officially released run times don’t seem to be that accurate.

Over the last few days, it appears HBO has updated their schedule the third episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 has been increased from a 60-minute runtime to a whopping 82 minutes, making it, in fact, the longest episodes of Season 8…..Maybe?

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I must admit that I had long suspected and predicted that the massive Battle of Winterfell would fall in Episode 3 of this new season, so when the runtimes were revealed, I was surprised at the 60-minute length of that episode. Now things are making more sense with this episode, in fact, having an extra 22 minutes of runtime compared to what we were told. I do think this also begs the question of why they had a 60-minute placeholder in the first place. Do we think it was to hide the guesses like mine of where this massive battle episode would take place? I don’t know the answer to that, but I am also less sure that those final two episodes will both be 80 minutes exactly, I feel like there’s a possibility of those changing also as we get closer to their debut.

So the following are the current official run times for Game of Thrones Season 8, until HBO decides to change it again that is.

Episode 1: 54 minutes

Episode 2: 58 minutes

Episode 3: 82 minutes

Episode 4: 78 minutes

Episode 5: 80 minutes

Episode 6: 80 minutes

I remember there were rumors kicking about that one or two episodes of this season may run up to the 90-minute mark. I still wonder whether one of those two final episodes may also have an extended run time that has not yet been revealed. Not to say that 80 minutes is not an extended run time as it is, but I think fans are hoping that more time will be spent on the final season of this epic TV series. Fans still remain worried that the final season will seem rushed, even if they had two-hour episodes each.

What do you think of this extended runtime, is HBO playing fast and loose with these times to create a bit of buzz up until April 14th? Converse with the dead and journey to the chat of winter in the usual place below.

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SOURCE: HBO