There Are 432 Minutes Of Game Of Thrones Left

Arya Stark, contemplating the infinite fragility of time itself. Or maybe a dragon. Probably a dragon. (Image: HBO)

HBO has officially confirmed the runtime of Game of Thrones’ final season. Across six episodes, fans have just 432 minutes left to spend with Jon, Dany, and the rest of Westeros. Prepare yourselves...accordingly?

Everything has its time and everything ends, and that includes Game of Thrones. But, as fans have anticipated lavish events to send the entire eight-season story out with a bang for so long, the exact specificities of time itself have become weirdly idolised by the Game of Thrones fandom, ironically as they find themselves with little to do but count down the seconds until April 14, speculating literally anything and everything they can about the culmination of this song of ice and fire (and, it turns out, time).

They have their questions, and now, via The Hollywood Reporter, they have at least some answers:

Season 8, Episode 1

Estimated running time: 0:54

Season 8, Episode 2

Estimated running time: 0:58

Season 8, Episode 3

Estimated running time: 1:22

Season 8, Episode 4

Estimated running time: 1:18

Season 8, Episode 5

Estimated running time: 1:20

Season 8, Episode 6

Estimated running time: 1:20

Are they answers enough for people who have spent their time—a resource that is paradoxically precious and fleeting—pondering time itself? What does it say that episode three is an hour and 22 minutes long, while episode five is an hour and 20? Why is it not an hour and 23 or an hour and 15? Why not 90 seconds?

I don’t know. It’s just a number, a fragmentary slice of the infinite minutes yet to come in our existence, a droplet that has both already rippled, and is also yet to ripple, across the endless sea of an ever-marching drumbeat.

And even then, these are only estimates. It could be more, or it could be less. Time’s fluidity cannot be commanded, not even by a prestige cable network.

But then, what is time? It is the blink of an eye, or the death of a star. Its fluid, momentary nature, passing through every atom of existence, is both beautiful and an existential nightmare. It is everything and nothing.

But it is also 432 minutes. And HBO hopes you’re looking forward to it.


Comments

    Looking forward to it. 4 movie length episodes :D

    As long as it's good, I don't care exactly how long the final season is. Though I suppose if it continues to be average then 432 minutes will feel like a long time but if it gets back to somewhere near its best then it won't feel long enough.

    Please be better than season 7.

      The last season was so rushed and this season appears to be even shorter so I don't hold out a lot of hope that it's going to get better :(

    It’s better to burn out than to fade away!

    Super excited for the final season, but I am glad there is a final season. too many shows carry on going well after they should have ended.

    432 minutes before I can never hear about this TV show again.

    (I can hope)

    Last edited 18/03/19 11:02 am

    That's far too many minutes. I don't know how many minutes I have left. I could be dead by the time this thing is over.

    Don't know about anyone else, but I read those durations as minutes and seconds. Going to be a very short season for me.

    I think much of the effort being put into the spinoff/prequel/sequel series will go to waste. Game of Thrones fatigue has set in.

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