Episode 7 of Game of Thrones was a little shorter than the average episode, so it seems HBO is making it up to fans by giving them plenty of extra time in the remaining episodes of Season 6. And fans can expect the longest finale episode yet.
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information about Season 6 of Game of Thrones. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
If you were a little disappointed that Episode 7 of Game of Thrones ran for a mere 51 minutes, you can now officially get ready for the last few episodes which will make up for this time loss. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed the previously leaked information about the titles and length of the last few episodes of Season 6 of Game of Thrones. So this means that the spoiler title that suggests a massive battle between Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) is the true title of the episode, and it is extremely likely this is the episode in which HBO’s showrunners have been teasing fans with the biggest battle in Game of Thrones history yet.
So it has been confirmed that Episode 9 of Game of Thrones’ sixth season will be titled “The Battle of the Bastards” and the Season 6 finale episode will be titled “The Winds of Winter,” which also happens to be the title of George R.R. Martin’s, as yet, unpublished title for the next book in the A Song of Fire and Ice series HBO’s Game of Thrones is based on. This is the book title that was supposed to be published before HBO caught up to the content matter their show is based on, but thanks to George R.R. Martin’s delays, HBO had to forge ahead and clear their own path through the world of Westeros, some of which may (and likely are to) be massive spoilers for book fans. Although, as Vulture pointed out, they were not lying now when they said The Winds of Winter would be released in June of this year, it just was HBO’s version, not George R.R. Martin’s.
Now, for the exciting bit. Considering HBO have announced there will only likely be two more seasons of Game of Thrones, and those seasons will be abbreviated from their normal 10-episode runs, it seems HBO have decided to give fans a little more time in the remaining episodes of Season 6 to help ease the pain. According to Entertainment Weekly, Episode 9 of Game of Thrones, “The Battle of the Bastards” will run for a full 60 minutes. This will give fans plenty of time to sit back and enjoy what is promising to be an epic spectacle if HBO is right by saying this battle is their biggest yet. And, if you thought the previous benchmark battle at Hardhome in Episode 8 of Season 5 of Game of Thrones was fantastic, you can expect just as much glory from Episode 9 as both episodes are directed by Miguel Sapochnik.
But, if 60 minutes isn’t enough for you to enjoy the penultimate episode of Season 6 of Game of Thrones, you can sit back and enjoy 69 minutes of the Season 6 finale, making it the longest Game of Thrones episode ever. This episode is also directed by Miguel Sapochnik, so hopefully it will be just as good as Episode 9.
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Season 6 of Game of Thrones returns to HBO with Episode 8, entitled “No One” on Sunday, June 12, at 9 p.m. ET.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the official synopsis has been confirmed as follows.
“While Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) weighs his options, Cersei (Lena Headey) answers a request. Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) plans bear fruit. Arya (Maisie Williams) faces a new test. Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Mark Mylod.”
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