By James Hibberd
March 15, 2019 at 11:12 AM EDT
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HBO is breaking its silence on all those Game of Thrones final season episode length rumors.

And their numbers are a little different than what’s been reported by some outlets.

The network put out the official run time for all six episodes in season 8 along with their air dates.

Here they are:

Season 8, episode 1
Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 14 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Estimated running time: 0:54

Season 8, episode 2
Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 21 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Estimated running time: 0:58

Season 8, episode 3
Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 28 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Estimated running time: 1:22

Season 8, episode 4
Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 5 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Estimated running time: 1:18

Season 8, episode 5
Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 12 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Estimated running time: 1:20

Season 8, episode 6
Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 19 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Estimated running time: 1:20

The first two episode lengths EW previously reported. The final four episodes were previously reported by some sites which discovered some hidden away placeholder data on HBO’s website. Those lengths were accurate except episode 3, which is notably longer than what was reported.

Given the rather suspicious roundness of the final two episode lengths, I suspect the Episode 5 and 6 run times are true estimates and their final cuts are not locked yet, and that those lengths could still change.

But going off this, the average final season episode length is 72 minutes, which is definitely on the long side. Having four episodes in a row around 80 minutes each, in particular, is considered a run of super-sized episodes. Some fans have been disappointed that the final season episodes aren’t two hours each. But an hour-long drama series would have no reason to make two-hour episodes — if they were aiming even close to that long, they’d just break them into two episodes. So the episodes were always going to be less than the length of two regular-length episodes combined. HBO added to the confusion, however, when its chief Richard Plepler described the final season in an interview as “like six movies,” referring to their cinematic quality, not length.

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