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Game of Thrones season 7 premiere will be one of its longest episodes ever

The clock is slowly ticking on Game of Thrones season 7 (opens in new tab) and the inevitable endgame that follows. Thankfully, HBO have seen fit to cram as much Thrones onto our TV screens as humanly possible, starting with a bumper-sized premiere that would make it the 2nd longest opening episode in Thrones history.

The Telegraph (opens in new tab) are reporting that HBO listings for the July 17 premiere have the season 7 opener totalling in at a hefty 59 minutes, just a few minutes short of the 62-minute pilot. That’s a whole lot of time to kill, but I’m confident they’ll be able to fill it with something interesting…

The season 7 premiere is dwarfed in comparison to Battle of the Bastards (opens in new tab) (60 minutes) and the gigantic season 6 finale The Winds of Winter (opens in new tab) (69 minutes), but is still a whole 9 minutes longer than sob-fest The Rains of Castamere (opens in new tab) (50 agonising minutes), so expect the show to cover a whole bunch of Westerosi bases.

The extra-long episode comes off the back of confirmation of a shorter season (opens in new tab) – 7 episodes to be precise – with the final season clocking in at a meagre 6 episodes, so every second counts.

Have no fear, though, as the cast have been regaling anyone who’ll listen with tales of just how much awesomeness is crammed into the fast-paced penultimate season (opens in new tab), with “things that now take a season, now take an episode”.

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