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A Game of Thrones Movie-A-Week

We're now just 11 days away from the premier of season 7 of Game of Thrones. Leading up to it, Megan
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A Game of Thrones Movie-A-Week
By M.G. Siegler • Issue #79 • View online
We’re now just 11 days away from the premier of season 7 of Game of Thrones. Leading up to it, Megan and I had been talking about re-watching season 6 again, as so much happened that it’s easy to forget a lot of the details and plot points still on-going. 
Then I realized this would take almost 10 hours – including a season finale that was 69 minutes long. So instead, I think time constraints will have us watching just the last few episodes of last season before the new one begins. 
Then came the news that while season 7 will technically have fewer episodes than any of the previous seasons (seven episodes versus ten for the first six seasons), a few of them are going to be over an hour – with the penultimate episode over 70 minutes and the season 7 finale clocking in at 81 minutes long
And this led to the revelation that while season 8 – the final season – will only have six episodes, each could be closer to that 80-minute length of the 7 finale. If that’s true, we’re going to be pretty close content-wise to the earlier seasons of Game of Thrones (many episodes have been ~50 minutes, so ~500 minutes of action per season – 6 episodes of 80 minutes would be 480 minutes)
Thought of another way, the season 7 finale will be roughly the length of a (short) feature film. And season 8 could be the equivalent of six feature films. 
This is also what shows such as Sherlock ended up doing as time went on. And as long as the content is great, it’s an amazing experience. A Game of Thrones movie a week for six weeks!

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