Game of Thrones showrunners confirm season 7 has longest episode ever
There will be three fewer episodes of Game of Thrones in season 7, but some of those episodes will feel like movies.
We already heard that the upcoming season would feature some of the longest episodes in the history of the series, but showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss confirmed it to Entertainment Weekly. They said two episodes will be "considerably over 60 minutes," including one that's 90 minutes, making it the longest the show has ever had.
"It always amazed me when I watched Breaking Bad and they could get every episode so perfect and they would all be like 42 minutes and 40 seconds or something," Benioff said. "Which is its own separate skill amongst everything else that went into making a show that [creator] Vince Gilligan and his team were able to do. One of the things we're lucky about is we don't have the same pressure. We have one episode that's coming in around 90 minutes and another that's going to be our shortest episode at 50 minutes. Those episodes are better [at] those lengths but I'm glad we didn't have the additional pressure Vince had."
They also said they're currently writing for the show's final season, and they aren't sure if it will arrive in 2018 or 2019. "We honestly don't know yet," Benioff said. "There's been a lot of back and forth about air dates. That's a long way off from being settled."
But before we get there, we still have season 7 to look forward to, and it promises to be more action-packed than ever.
"As the worlds start to converge, characters who haven't met each other before start to meet each other and there are more and more main characters together in each other's storylines than there have ever been before," said Weiss. "Ever since Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) crossed the Narrow Sea and met Dany (Emilia Clarke), it's been the show's general direction. And for us, it's so much fun because these guys don't get to spend too much time together except when they pass like ships in the night passing to and from storylines. So having them on set together is a real privilege for us because we get to spend more time with then."