Season eight of Game of Thrones will be ending with episode six which airs tonight (Sunday, May 19) on HBO in America and tomorrow (Monday, May 20) in the UK on Sky Atlantic. The episode will be bringing the show to a close for good with many British fans planning to stay up and watch the series live at 2am rather than risk the finale being spoiled for them on social media. Many fans have much trepidation about the finale given the backlash against the season generally.
What is the runtime for Game of Thrones season 8, episode 6?
HBO previously released the runtimes for all episodes of Game of Thrones season eight.
However, the title of the Game of Thrones series finale remains the mystery to fans and won’t be unveiled until the episode has aired.
Episode six has a confirmed runtime of 80 minutes long in total – fans can expect advert breaks on top of this.
The instalment is the same length as the penultimate episode called The Bells, so it won’t be the longest episode ever.
Previously, there were unverified reports suggesting each episode of the final season would be like a mini-movie with feature-length run times, making them the longest instalments ever of Game of Thrones.
Season eight has had some long run times, however, HBO put to bed these unfounded reports back in April after releasing the runtimes.
Although season eight episodes have been generally longer than the standard 60-minute spectacles we’ve come to expect, only episode three – The Long Night – really hit that feature-length mark and clocked in at 82 minutes.
The Long NIght’s runtime is only marginally longer than the last two episodes of the show but felt truly cinematic with the Battle of Winterfell playing out across the instalment.
What will happen in Game of Thrones season 8, episode 6?
The short answer is that HBO is keeping its cards close to its chest with this.
All of the previous runs had a decent preview that shared snippets of footage to whet fans’ appetites but this wasn’t the case for episode six.
Instead, there were some fleeting shots of the desolation of King’s Landing with Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage) amid the rubble surveying the destruction.
There were also shots of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) from the back as she gazed out at her new kingdom, looking every inch the despot.
Fans have been predicting the outcome of the finale with many thinking Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) will slay the Mother of Dragons after being vocal of her distrust for Dany.
Red Priestess Melisandre (Carice van Houten) also seemed to suggest Arya would kill Daenerys after telling the young Stark she would “shut brown, blue and green eyes”. As Daenerys has green eyes, this seems to strengthen this theory.
There have also been predictions about who could take the Iron Throne ultimately with some suggesting Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) as she unites the Seven Kingdoms.
Others have put down Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) as the one to become the ruler of Westeros due to his wise, all-knowing nature.
Fans will only truly know the outcome this evening but that hasn’t stopped many outraged fans for calling for season eight to be remade following much discontent for how the story has played out.
A Change.org petition has been launched with million disgruntled fans already signing it out of anger at the direction of the plot and the characters.
Game of Thrones season 8 concludes Sunday on HBO in the US and the following day on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK
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