We were DEVASTATED when we first learned that the final two seasons of our beloved Game of Thrones would be shortened. While we still don’t ever want to say goodbye to the HBO hit, we have some good news: The Season 7 GoT finale is going to be *super* long.
According to dedicated GoT fan site, Watchers on the Wall, the final episode of Season 7 will be a whopping 81 minutes — a record for the franchise, beating the Season 6 finale runtime of 68 minutes.
Even better, it appears that the penultimate episode of the series will also break the record set by “The Winds of Winter,” coming in at 71 minutes.
So, it looks like we can breath a *tiny* sigh of relief that despite the shortened season, we’ll get a GoT MOVIE to finish the season.
It’s a good thing we’re getting longer episodes, because Season 7 seems like it’ll be packed with drama. While “The Winds of Winter” saw a *ton* of characters meeting their ends (aka most of the Tyrells, Maester Pycelle, the High Sparrow, Tommen Baratheon…), there’s still so much to unpack. For instance, Daenerys Targaryen and her ever-growing list of allies are on their way to Westeros, Jon Snow is building an army in the North, the White Walkers *are* coming, and Cersei heading even further down a dark path, with only Jamie (maybe) at her side.
For devoted GoT fans, it’s hard to imagine that the series can wrap up in just 13 episodes, especially given the reputation for the series being slow-moving, but according to the cast, the quick pace of Season 7 will be a shock to viewers.
Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, added, “This season is really different than any other season because it’s accelerating toward the end, a lot of stuff collides and happens much much quicker than you’re used to seeing on Thrones…it’s so different than what everybody is used to. It’s quite exciting.”
We’ll take this as meaning a lot of death, destruction, and that winter has most certainly arrived.