Game of Thrones season 7
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It’s less than two weeks before Game of Thrones season 7 finally drops, and showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have revealed that the penultimate season of our favourite high fantasy epic will contain the series’ longest episodes yet.

According to Benioff and Weiss, while there are only seven episodes in season 7, two of them are “considerably over 60” minutes, including the series’s longest episode yet.

Benioff elaborated:

“It always amazed me when I watched Breaking Bad and they could get every episode so perfect and they would all be like 42 minutes and 40 seconds or something. Which is its own separate skill amongst everything else that went into making a show that [creator] Vince Gilligan and his team were able to do. One of the things we’re lucky about is we don’t have the same pressure. We have one episode that’s coming in around 90 minutes and another that’s going to be our shortest episode at 50 minutes. Those episodes are better [at] those lengths but I’m glad we didn’t have the additional pressure Vince had.”

The duo also elaborated on their progress on the eighth and final season, which may well be released in 2019. Benioff’s update: “We honestly don’t know yet. There’s been a lot of back and forth about air dates. That’s a long way off from being settled.”

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Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres exclusively on HBO (StarHub TV Ch 601) on July 17 at 9am, with a same day primetime encore at 9pm.