'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Finale is Their Longest Episode at 81 Minutes

Thursday, 08 June 2017 - 7:20PM
Game of Thrones
Thursday, 08 June 2017 - 7:20PM
'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Finale is Their Longest Episode at 81 Minutes
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The seventh season of Game of Thrones is going to be bottom heavy. This is exactly what you'd want from the show's penultimate season - a steady, exciting start that goes on to ramp up the tension with wars and dragons burning people to death as it begins racing toward the finale.

And that season finale will be an impressively long 81 minute episode that will no doubt contain many of the season's biggest twists and turns. Any fans of Game of Thrones who've been hoping for a movie might be somewhat placated by this, as an hour and twenty minutes is a decent runtime for a film in and of itself.

Plenty of other shows, such as SherlockWestworld, and True Detective have all pushed for 90 minute episodes, to varying success, so there's definitely interest in getting to see a longer show play out. While HBO hasn't tried to push this episode to a full 90 minutes, it's probably for the best, if only to prevent padding that would slow down the pace. The upcoming season moves at a very brisk pace compared to previous years, so assuming the finale's pace manages that too, it should be something to see what they can cram into the finale.



That said, don't expect to enjoy what happens over the upcoming season's finale. With the looming eighth season of Game of Thrones wrapping up the entire series, we're all but guaranteed the biggest cliffhanger of the entire show, with murder, war, and perilous situations put in place to make sure fans are kept in a state of permanent frustration until the show returns for it's final season, possibly in 2019. In the last season finale alone, which lasted 68 minutes, the show managed to kill off a decent portion of its Kings Landing cast in just a small part of that runtime.

Whatever's coming, one thing's for certain - there's a good reason why the final episode of Game of Thrones season seven will be so long, rather than moving some of its events to another episode. There are big things on the horizon for the show, but, like any talented storyteller, the showrunners behind George R.R. Martin's fictional fantasy world are saving the big surprises until right at the very end.

Game of Thrones season 7 premieres July 16, 2017 on HBO.

Via: The Verge


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