Fans of Game of Thrones were undoubtedly disappointed to learn the final two seasons will feature only seven and six episodes, respectively. However, they may take some solace in knowing Season Seven contains the show’s longest-ever episodes. Oh, and also the shortest.
Showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff told Entertainment Weekly the season boasts two episodes that run longer than 60 minutes, with the finale clocking in at “around 90 minutes.” HBO’s schedule gets more specific, listing the episode at 81 minutes, with the one preceding it finishing at 71 minutes.
Those break the previous Game of Thrones record set last year by the Season Six finale, “The Winds of Winter,” which was 69 minutes long.
The fourth episode of Season Seven will be the drama’s shortest to date, at just 50 minutes. However, EW notes that there have been other episodes that wrapped up in 51 minutes.
Game of Thrones returns July 16 for a seventh season that promises the arrival of “the Great War,” as the Lannisters are beset by enemies on all sides: Jon Snow to the North, Daenerys Targaryen to the East, the Iron Islands to the West, and Dorne to the South — to say nothing of the threat from Beyond the Wall.
However, there’s indication that viewers may have to wait a while longer to see how it all ends: It’s possible the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones won’t air until 2019.