'Game of Thrones' Season 8, Episode 2 Runtime Makes It the End of an Era

With only five more Game of Thrones episodes left in the entire series, the end will never feel closer than this upcoming Sunday when fans watch Season 8, Episode 2. Not only is it the final nerve-wracking episode before the Great Battle of Winterfell in Episode 3, but it’ll be the last GoT episode that falls squarely within the show’s hour-long average run time.

Episode 1, titled “Winterfell,” clocked in at 54 minutes, and the currently unnamed Episode 2 is said to be around 58 minutes long. After that, each of the final four episodes will hover around the 80-minute mark, the same length of the Season 7 finale “The Dragon and the Wolf.” Episode 3 will be the longest ever at 1 hour and 22 minutes. (Unfortunately, we don’t have the titles for any upcoming episodes, likely due to HBO’s obsession with stopping all leaks.)

Each of those four last episodes will feel closer to a movie than an episode of television, and they’ll have more ground to cover than usual in order to wrap up the story.

Based on the trailer for Episode 2, it looks like almost the entire episode will take place in Winterfell, focusing heavily on Daenerys Targaryen accusing Jaime Lannister of his many crimes. Tensions also rise between Dany and Sansa Stark. Meanwhile, Tormund Giantsbane makes it back to Winterfell, presumably with Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch Eddison Tollett and Beric Dondarrion. One brief clip also shows Jorah Mormont receiving what looks like the Valyrian steel sword Heartsbane from Samwell Tarly.

Not featured in the teaser, however, is Theon Greyjoy. Based on his mini adventure in Episode 1, he’s also heading towards Winterfell to help make a stand with Jon and co.

Meanwhile, his sister Yara Greyjoy is headed back to the Iron Islands, where she plans to reclaim her home from their evil uncle, Euron. Assuming this works, the islands could provide a nice backup plan in case the Night King prevails at the Battle of Winterfell since White Walkers can’t swim.

It definitely seems like Game of Thrones is setting up the Iron Islands to play a major role in Season 8. But we don’t expect to hear much about that part of Westeros for the next couple of episodes.

Ultimately, everything in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2 will focus entirely on everyone at Winterfell readying themselves for the onslaught of the Night King’s army. It will truly be the beginning of the end.

Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2 will air on HBO at 9 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, April 21.

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