HBO confirms epic runtimes of Game of Thrones' final episodes

Former HBO chief executive Richard Plepler made headlines with a recent Variety interview, in which he raved about the feature film quality of the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones. We're learning today that most of the episodes in season 8 will run longer than the typical hour we're used to setting aside, so even though this is the shortest season in terms of episode count, there's still going to be plenty of content to watch. However, the third episode and onward leap into cinematic territory with the final episodes pushing nearly an hour and a half each.

Previously, it was rumored each of the six episodes could be as long as most movies.

As we reported earlier, rumors that the entire eighth and final season will be comprised of movie-length episodes aren't true.

Though Game of Thrones will be all wrapped up in just a couple of months' time, HBO isn't done with the franchise just yet.

The final season kicks off on Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. with a 54-minute episode. Episode two, airing Sunday, April 21, is 58 minutes long. This morning HBO confirmed this by announcing the official runtimes of all six episodes, along with the air dates for each one.

If it wasn't already obvious to you that there's quite a lot of excitement building about Game of Thrones, perhaps this - the news that it's now reached a point where it's inspiring special collections of Adidas trainers - will spell it out for you. We can't wait to see what Game of Thrones season 8 has in store, but you can bet that you won't be left wanting after the credits roll for the last time.