Season 6 of HBO’s Game of Thrones has seen a fair bit of episode-shortening thanks to extensive recaps to start the hour and plenty of self promotion to end it. The Season 6 finale might just make up for it with the series’ longest episode yet. Yes, the finale has been clocked in at 69 minutes, the better to enjoy whatever heroic victories and heartbreaking losses befall our on-screen favorites.
As EW reports, both the ninth and final episodes this season will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who helmed arguably the show’s most impressive hour to date, “Hardhome.” The producers have teased the show’s biggest battle yet in this season, so it’s safe to say that one of these hours will likely be featuring that large-scale conflict. It’s a good thing these episodes are super-sized since there’s quite a bit to wrap up and they’ll need every minute they can to do so in a meaningful way.
We also know the episode titles of the last two installments, but they’re are a tad spoilery so if you’d rather know nothing (Jon Snow) going into the last two hours, it’s best to stop reading now.
The June 19th episode, the penultimate in the sixth season, will be titled “The Battle of the Bastards,” likely pitting Jon Snow’s ragtag army against the seasoned defenders of Winterfell under Ramsey Bolton’s command. This episode will be a full 60 minutes, which runs on the long side of Game of Thrones‘ usual runtime. Probably enough time for that big battle we talked about, don’t you think?
The finale, which airs June 26th, is titled “The Winds of Winter,” clearly a nod to author George R.R. Martin’s next novel in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. No episode description has been released for either hour so despite rumors on the ever-reliable Internet, we can neither confirm nor deny the appearance of fan-favorite characters who have yet to show their many faces. (Fingers still firmly crossed for Wolf-Headed Robb.)
We do have the preview, title, and description for the next episode, however, so enjoy this look at “No One” below (via EW):
“While Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) weighs his options, Cersei (Lena Headey) answers a request. Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) plans bear fruit. Arya (Maisie Williams) faces a new test. Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Mark Mylod.”
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