Game of Thrones
“Still lying in the snow bleeding out, I am.” ©HBO

We’re three episodes away before the end of Game of Thrones and another long, agonising wait to see if winter is really coming.

However, there is some good news coming for all you fans of Westerosi political intrigue – the final episode of this season will be 69 minutes long, which means about an extra 20 minutes to tide you over until next year, hopefully without delays this time.

HBO also confirmed the titles of the final two episodes, which means stop reading now if you don’t want any more spoilers.

If you're lucky, Tyrion might even save your life.
“So, do I get to keep Mereen?”

Still with us?

Well, the penultimate episode (also a long one at 60 minutes) is title Battle of the Bastards, and no one gets a prize for guessing which bastards go to war. But just in case, that’s definitely a big hint that Jon Snow and the Ramsay Bolton formerly known as Snow will clash, big time.

To be fair, it’s not like we haven’t seen Jon and Sansa trying to raise an army while Ramsay was busy sending his regards to his father and consolidating power. We’ve also got the loose end of Rickon Stark…

And the final episode, The Winds of Winter… well if that sounds familiar, that’s because it’s also the title of George RR Martin’s long-delayed next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, which Game of Thrones is based on.

We’ve seen how the TV series and ventured off the path of the books this season, so using the same title as the next book might be a bit of a reconciliation on the part of the showrunners.

"I like picnics."
“Do you wanna build a snow man…?”

Obviously, it has winter in the title, so it seems likely the White Walkers will play a part.

On the one hand, I am so epically excited for the remaining episodes… but on the other, I realise that means we’re gonna be stuck with another year of speculation if Kit Harrington shaves again…