HBO has revealed the official runtime for the upcoming seventh season premiere of Game of Thrones.
The sixty-first episode of the hit fantasy series will clock in at a total of 59 minutes. While this isn’t a substantial increase as it is only four minutes longer than the average 55 minutes runtime of most episodes, the seventh season premiere will be the second longest running premiere of the show tying with the fourth season premiere “Two Swords”. The length of the seventh season premiere itself is more on par with that of the finales for previous seasons with the exception of the first season finale “Fire and Blood” which was only 53 minutes. The series premiere “Winter is Coming” which ran for 62 minutes remains the longest premiere in the history of the series. To date, the sixth season finale “Winds of Winter” is the longest episode of the series with a total runtime of 69 minutes.
Hopefully, we’ll continue to see a few extra minutes tacked on to every episode this year as the series ramps up towards its endgame. The seventh season will consist of seven episodes with the eighth and final season recently announced to complete the series’ run with only six episodes. The shorter seasons themselves allow the producers to accomplish the final two seasons on a schedule that is more along the lines of a mid-range film than it is a television series. It also allows the producers the opportunity to spend more time and money on each individual episode.
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The series 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.
Game of Thrones season 7 premieres July 16, 2017. You can watch the trailer here.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Promotional Images
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Pictured: Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark — Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO