I’ve been warned by my boss that this is going to be the norm between now and the end of season eight and so I feel like it’s my job to pass on the message to you guys.
There’s going to be a whole load more coming.
Fantastic news if you’re a GoT fan, not so much if you couldn’t give a hoot about it – like fellow Hook writer Alfie Powell.
But hey, it’ll all be over soon.
Yesterday I brought you the news that Bran Stark actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright had seemingly ruled out the theory that he’s the Night King. His character obviously.
Within that, the run-time of the first two episodes was also revealed – which stand at a disappointing 54 minutes and 58 minutes long.
Cue collective groans and gripes about the ‘feaure-length’ episodes we were once promised.
However, HBO has now shared the running times for the rest of the season and it’s much more in line with what we were expecting.
Here they are:
Episode one: 54 mins
Episode two: 58 mins
Episode three: 1 hr
Episode four: 1 hr 18 mins
Episode five 1 hr 20 mins
Episode six: 1 hr 20 mins
Not bad, not bad! I mean, those first two could be longer but they more than make up for it with the next four episodes.
So, as it turns out, season 8 really is going to be like watching six movies, which is exactly what HBO boss Richard Plepler promised many moons ago.
“They knew the bar was high. They’ve exceeded the bar,” Plepler said.
“I’ve watched them twice without any CGI and I’m in awe. Everybody’s in for an extraordinary treat of storytelling and of magical, magical production.”
“It’s a spectacle,” he told Variety. “The guys have done six movies. The reaction I had while watching them was, ‘I’m watching a movie.'”
This comes after Entertainment Weekly said in their brilliant, in-depth feature of the Battle Of Winterfell: ” [it’s] expected to be the longest consecutive battle sequence ever committed to film, bring[ing] the largest number of GoT major characters together since the show’s debut episode in 2011.”
Peter Dinklage added: It’s brutal. It makes Battle of the B*stards look like a theme park.”
At this point my excitement is at fever pitch. The cast, crew and people behind the scenes have played an absolute blinder when it comes to ramping up the hype for the final season.
They’ve constantly teased us about how emotional and bittersweet and spectacular it’s going to be without revealing many details or actual footage.
Consider me teased to f*ck – I’m counting down the days to it being released in little over a month’s time.
Anyway, keep an eye out for me as I’ll be no doubt back with tantalising Thrones titbits in the very near future. This is my life now.
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