Praise the Lord, Game of Thrones Season 7 is just around the corner, we can’t help but look ahead to the show’s season 8 which will air in 2019, Season 8 will only be six episodes long, and that’s just not enough Game of Thrones for we and that is why HBO is working on a couple of new spin-off shows.
At the Con of Thrones convention in Nashville this past weekend, the show’s sound designer, Paula Fairfield, gave us some hope about those six precious episodes — namely, that they could all be feature-length.
Game of Thrones episodes averages around 55 minutes. The longest episode to date is the Season 6 finale, “The Winds of Winter,” which clocked in at 68 minutes, and rumor has it that the Season 7 finale will easily beat it, with HBO’s schedule currently indicating that it will be 81 minutes long.
If that ends up being accurate and every episode is at least an hour and 20 minutes — and it’s impossible to tell at this stage, given that Season 8 hasn’t started filming yet, let alone been edited down to a final version — we could end up with eight or nine hours in Season 8, despite the shorter episode order.