Game of Thrones final episodes are getting longer and longer

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones (Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO)
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones (Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO)

Cape Town – Whatever your favourite snack is when watching television, start hoarding and stacking up because the final Game of Thrones episodes will basically get longer as the last 6 "mini-movie" episodes are broadcast from 15 April on M-Net (DStv 101).

HBO has released the estimated running times of the upcoming 8th and final season of Game of Thrones that will start on 14 April in the United States and that M-Net will show as an Express from the US title as a simultaneous simulcast at 03:00 on the mornings from 15 April.

M-Net will reshow Game of Thrones on Mondays at 22:00 with episodes that will become available after its linear broadcast on Showmax, as well as on its DStv Now Catch Up service for DStv subscribers. 

HBO released "estimated" running times for the episodes with some that will contain spectacular battle scenes.

Why "estimate"? Because HBO is literally still pouring over and working on final cuts for the various episodes, so the running times of all or some of the episodes might even be a few minutes longer in the end.

HBO says it estimates that the first episode of the 8th season of Game of Thrones will be 54 minutes in duration.

Sit tight and keep the King's Landing popcorn, White Walker brittle candy or dragon juice close since the episode length jumps to 58 minutes for the second episode on 22 April, and a whopping 1 hour and 22 minutes for the third GoT episode on 29 April.

The 4th episode on 6 May will be 1 hour and 18 minutes, and episode 5 on 13 May will have a running length of 1 hour and 20 minutes.

The 6th and final episode will also clock in at 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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