[UPDATE: HBO has updated the runtime, and the final episode is officially listed at 79 minutes.]
It is known. Airing on Sunday May 19 at 9 PM, the final episode of HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones is officially 80 minutes long. The reveal comes via the online HBO TV schedule, which goes six weeks in advance and previously revealed the runtimes for the first five episodes of Season 8.
Surprisingly, the finale is not the longest episode of the series, but it is the same length of the penultimate episode and just two minutes shorter than the longest episode of the series: Season 8, Episode 3. Here are the runtimes for all six episodes for the final season of Game of Thrones:
Season 8, Episode 1: 54 minutes
Season 8, Episode 2: 58 minutes
Season 8, Episode 3: 82 minutes
Season 8, Episode 4: 78 minutes
Season 8, Episode 5: 80 minutes
Season 8, Episode 6: 80 minutes
The final episode is currently called “Game of Thrones 73”, just as the first episode of Season 8 is titled “Game of Thrones 68” and so on. With one week remaining until the premiere of the eighth and final season, the actual episode title for at least the first episode—and potentially all six remaining episodes at once—should be unveiled soon.
There are countless possibilities to conclude the show, but expect an emotional final 80 minutes as Game of Thrones and the story based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire comes to an end.
One week after the series finale, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch will premiere on HBO at 9 PM on May 26. The Last Watch is a feature documentary for the final season that is described as: “Much more than a ‘making of’ documentary, this is a funny, heartbreaking story, told with wit and intimacy, about the bittersweet pleasures of what it means to create a world — and then have to say goodbye to it.”
Leading up to the Season 8 premiere, we will continue our #ForTheThrone countdown with the best moments, quotes, characters, episodes, and #ForTheThrone moments from the first seven seasons.
The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones premieres April 14 at 9 PM on HBO.