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16th Mar 2019

The Battle of Winterfell will be the longest episode in Game of Thrones history

Paul Moore

Battle of Winterfell

The Great War is here. Get ready for the biggest battle in the history of film and TV.

Much like Tyrion whenever he’s let loose in a brothel, after the fake news emerged of the alleged run times for Season 8 of Game of Thrones, a few publications got a bit too excited and decided that this was gospel.

In the words of Septa Unella “shame, shame, shame” because they were all wrong.

However, HBO have now officially confirmed the durations for all six episodes and we’re delighted to say that the average duration for the episodes in Season 8 will be 72 minutes.

This is longer than every single Game of Thrones episode that has been aired so far, except the Season 7 finale, The Dragon and the Wolf.

Of course, there are so many interesting questions and storylines that have to be answered in the final season but there’s one event that people are absolutely pumped to see, the Battle of Winterfell.

As Jon Snow said “The Great War is here” and the dead are coming.

After the Night King and his steed Viserion brought down The Wall,  it appears that Winterfell will be the first place where the kingdoms of men will face the army of the dead.

After being heavily teased in the latest trailer, it appears that the biggest battle in the history of TV and film will also be the longest episode in the history of Game of Thrones.

At 82 minutes, season eight’s third episode is going to be absolutely epic.

The reputable fan site Watchers on the Wall have confirmed that the domain of House Stark will be the main setting for the third episode and this is supported by a previous interview that Vladimir Furdik (The Night King) gave to the Hungarian news website Sorozat Wiki, as translated by a native speaker at Mashable.

“In the third episode of the last season, there is a battle that the creators intended to be a historic moment in television. Almost the full episode will be about the battle, it will take about one hour,” he said.

Well, it’s going to be longer than an hour and to make things even better, Miguel Sapochnik, the man responsible for overseeing ‘The Battle of the Bastards’ and ‘Hardhome’ is directing this episode too – he also has another episode in Season 8.

During a previous interview, the cast described this battle as “completely unprecedented” with Maisie Williams saying “nothing can prepare you for how physically draining it is. It’s night after night, and again and again, and it just doesn’t stop. You can’t get sick, and you have to look out for yourself because there’s so much to do that nobody else can do… there are moments you’re just broken as a human and just want to cry.”

Again, here are all the official episode lengths for all six episodes in Season 8 and if you need another reminder, Sky Atlantic will be showing each episode at the same time here in Ireland.

Those late nights have never looked better.


Season 8 Episode 1 – SUNDAY, 14 APRIL
Estimated running time: 54 minutes

Season 8 Episode 2 – SUNDAY, 21 APRIL
Estimated running time: 58 minutes

 Season 8 Episode 3 – SUNDAY, 28 APRIL
Estimated running time: 1 hour 22 minutes

Season 8 Episode 4 – SUNDAY, 5 MAY
Estimated running time: 1 hour 18 minutes

Season 8 Episode 5 – SUNDAY, 12 MAY
Estimated running time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Season 8 Episode 6 – SUNDAY, 19 MAY 19
Estimated running time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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