THE NEXT episode of Game of Thrones will be the show’s longest ever instalment, with season eight episode three lasting a staggering one hour and 22 minutes.
Season seven finale, The Dragon and the Wolf, previously held the series record at 80 minutes long.
AP:Associated Press Next week’s episode will be the show’s longest ever
Since the hit fantasy series first launched in 2011, episodes have lasted between 50 minutes and an hour on average.
However, with the highly-anticipated Battle of Winterfell expected to take place in next week’s show, it is not surprising that showrunners needed a little extra time.
The additional 20-30 minutes will no doubt be a game-changer in the upcoming episode, the title of which is yet to be revealed.
It was previously reported that although season eight of Game of Thrones will have four less episodes than the series average of 10, many of them will be feature length.
Alamy All of the remaining episodes will be around 80 minutes long
The remaining instalments will all be longer than an hour, with episode four scheduled to last for 78 minutes, and episode five and the grand finale each 80 minutes long.
Interestingly, this could actually spell bad news for invested fans, who have already been vocal with their fears that several characters will be killed off in next week’s show.
Many fan favourites are currently in Winterfell, preparing to fight the Night King and his army of the dead after they made their way South from beyond the wall.
Yesterday’s episode of the show, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, ended with the evil villains arriving at the living army’s base.
AP:Associated Press The Battle of Winterfell is expected to take place next week
In a bitter touch, the rest of the 58-minute instalment focused on all of our most loved characters – with Arya Stark stunning viewers when she lost her virginity to Gendry.
Meanwhile, Jamie Lannister finally gave Brienne of Tarth her coveted knighthood, Ser Davos and Gilly’s kindness was highlighted as they offered comfort to scared civilians and children, and Ser Jorah appeared to have his redemption when Samwell Tarly gifted him his family’s valyrian steel sword.
Despite the several touching moments throughout the show, fans who are well-versed in the Thrones universe believed that producers were only using the episode to make the characters’ impending deaths that much more tragic.
refer to caption There were many touching moments in yesterday’s show
Season 8 Episode 3 preview of Game Of Thrones shows the Starks defend Winterfell from the Night King’s army
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Writing on Twitter, one cynic wrote: “Tonight’s episode of #GameofThrones gave us many happy moments because they start killing off our faves next week.”
Another added: “Trying to mentally prepare myself for all the possibilities of who’s going to die next week.”
A third said: “Episode three is going to make the Red Wedding look like a rehearsal dinner.”
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 will premiere on Sky Atlantic and Now TV at 2am on Monday 29 April to match the US air time.
It will be available to stream all day and will be broadcast again at 9pm on Sky.
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