Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss may have decided to cut the episode count down to six, but we can expect bumper episodes in terms of length when Game of Thrones’ eight and final season gets underway this coming April.
Speaking on a Reddit AMA, director David Nutter – who has directed multiple episodes of the final season – stated that: “Season 8 episodes will all I think be longer than 60 minutes. They’ll be dancing around the bigger numbers, I know that for sure.”
Nutter also went on to share his thoughts on the ending of the epic fantasy series, praising the work of Benioff and Weiss in bringing a conclusion to George R.R. Martin’s story:
I’m completely satisfied with how season 8 ends. I think that [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] did a tremendous job, and they took into consideration what the fans want, as well as what is right as far as storytelling is concerned. I guarantee there’s going to be lots of surprises and shocking moments, but it’s really very compelling stuff.”
As revealed earlier in the week, the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will get underway in April 2019.