Last updated on July 17th, 2017 at 01:33 pm
The eagerly awaited seventh season of the hit television series, Game of Thrones, will be unleashed on GOT fans on July 16, 2017.While the last two episodes of the season will be the longest the show has seen, it will be a truncated season in terms of the number of episodes – just seven episodes as compared to ten episodes in all the previous seasons.
As reported by Watchers on the Wall, HBO has confirmed the duration of each episode of the new season – and yes, the season seven finale will be almost as long as a short feature film – a whopping 81 minutes runtime to be exact. The penultimate episode is not too far behind with a runtime of 71 minutes.
Episode 1 – 59 minutes
Episode 2 – 59 minutes
Episode 3 – 63 minutes
Episode 4 – 50 minutes
Episode 5 – 59 minutes
Episode 6 – 71 minutes
Episode 7 – 81 minutes
Now, here is some number crunching for the statistical minded:
The last episode of season six, “The Winds of Winter,” holds the record of the longest aired episode of Game of Thrones, thus far, with a runtime of 68 minutes.
However, the final two episodes of the soon-to-air new season standing at 71 minutes and 81 minutes respectively are set to break that record. Effectively, the penultimate episode will set a new record to be broken again in the very next and final episode of the season.
The seven episodes together account for 442 minutes (7 hours 37 minutes) which is definitely less than the average 9 hours 15 minutes of a 10-episode season. However, if one considers just seven episodes of the previous seasons the current season will come out topper.
In the previous seasons, the average episode length ranged from a low of 54:25 minutes in season two to a high of 56:08 minutes in season one, whereas, the new season promises a 63-minute average which is 8 minutes longer than a typical Game of Thrones episode. The extra 8 minutes amount to 56 minutes over seven episodes thereby making up for one of the three missing episodes this season.
Despite being the longest episode of Game of Thrones to date, the last installment is still behind some 90-minute episodes of other HBO shows like True Detective and Westworld, to name a couple.
The rather large ensemble cast of Game of Thrones includes Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in addition to several new cast members the new season will introduce – Jim Broadbent and Tom Hopper are two members that we know of.
Not unlike the previous season, it is based on original content not found in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. However, it is reported that some adaptation from The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring (the upcoming sixth and seventh novels) will be witnessed. David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are behind the television adaptation of the series.
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Aidan Gillen as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish
Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth
Carice van Houten as Melisandre
Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei
Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
Conleth Hill as Varys
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane
Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark
Jerome Flynn as Bronn
Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont
Hannah Murray as Gilly
Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy
Josephine Gillan as Marei
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as Gregor Clegane
Jessica Henwick as Nymeria Sand
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand
Pilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy
Bella Ramsey as Lyanna Mormont
Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm
Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne
Tim McInnerny as Robett Glover
Rupert Vansittart as Yohn Royce
Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed
Ben Crompton as Eddison Tollett
Richard Rycroft as Maester Wolkan
Tom Hopper as Dickon Tarly
Jim Broadbent as Archmaester Marwyn
Mark Gatiss as Tycho Nestoris
There are 36 long days ahead before the show is back once again to entertain fans all around the world. However, in just seven weeks from then, all will be over, hopefully leaving behind enough material for impassioned discussions until the next season.