'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Leaks, Spoilers: Episode Lengths May Disappoint
The Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere date is only three months away, but there’s still so much we don’t know about the show’s final six episodes. However, a new leak may have revealed one huge detail: How long is each episode of Game of Thrones Season 8?
OCS (previously Orange Cinéma Séries), is the home of HBO’s programming, including Game of Thrones, in France. French news site Première attended an event where OCS released an important detail about the final season, including descriptions of the final season’s episodes as “XXL.” That sounds like a good thing, if a little vague, but Première went on to explain exactly how long the episodes could be, at least according to OCS.
According to a translation of the tweet, “@OCSTV orally explained that the first two episodes of the final season of #GameofThrones would last 60 minutes, and the next four episodes 80 minutes, according to the latest HBO news.”
That is the first time anything has been said officially about the episode lengths. Previously, those who worked on the show and at HBO have only hinted that each would be longer than the average episode.
That’s led to some speculation that each episode could be movie-length, but HBO has tried to tamper our expectations. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told Entertainment Weekly that each Game of Thrones Season 8 episode wouldn’t be two hours long.
Then again, other official hints have suggested we could be in for a treat. In an Ask Me Anything (AMA) interview on Reddit, director David Nutter wrote that “Season 8 episodes will all I think be longer than 60 minutes,” adding, “They’ll be dancing around the bigger numbers, I know that for sure.”
HBO chief Richard Plepler also compared the episodes to feature films earlier this month.
“The guys have done six movies,” he said to Variety.
The outlet also reported that, according to rumors, each episode is an hour and a half.
OCS’s presentation does seem to align with these previous statements, but the lengths could always change since there are still a few months until the final season premieres. Then again, if these numbers are correct, you probably shouldn’t expect the first two episodes of Game of Thrones Season 8 to be much longer than a typical HBO drama.
At the very least, this leak seems to suggest that while the beginning of Season 8 could feature a couple of shorter episodes, Game of Thrones’ final run will verge into movie-length territory as we head into the final showdown.
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres on Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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