These final ‘Game of Thrones’ season 8 episodes will be movies

And now our watch begins: HBO has finally released the run times and air dates for the final six “Game of Thrones” episodes.

As we reported earlier, rumors that the entire eighth and final season will be comprised of movie-length episodes aren’t true. The first and second episodes of Season 8 clock in at 54 minutes and 58 minutes respectively, which is pretty standard.

The final four episodes, however, will be feature length.

Episode 3 on April 23 will be the longest of the series, at one hour and twenty-two minutes. Since the only information the network has released about this season is that there will be a giant battle at Winterfell, between the living and the dead, it’s a safe bet this is the episode.

Episode 4 on May 5 will be one hour and 18 minutes, and the final two episodes of the entire series will each be one hour and 20 minutes.

Would it have made more sense to just have a regular 10 episode season consisting of 40 to 60 minute episodes, instead of a six episode season with movies? We’ll have to wait and see.

So, with the exception of a normal beginning, the long night is indeed approaching — emphasis on long.

The season kicks off April 14 at 9 p.m. on HBO.