Sunday evening saw the conclusion of the first-ever Game of Thrones fan convention dubbed Con of Thrones. Though any spoilers were hard to come by, the biggest reveal was that episodes may be getting a much longer runtime.
Season 7 is set to premiere on HBO on July 16 with Season 8 being the last of the series. Though the convention certainly built up hype, it’s been known for awhile now that these final two seasons will only have seven and six episodes respectively — but the increased runtime won’t be immediate.
Per sound designer Paula Fairfield, fans can expect the normal hourlong episodes for the majority of Season 7, capping off with an 82-minute finale. Season 8 could very well see episodes within that 80-minute plus range similar to a feature film, according to Fairfield. Season 8 has still yet to be produced.
Game of Thrones stars 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 Baelish, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, 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.