According to HBO.com Episode 9, airing June 19, is titled “Battle of the Bastards” and will run 60 minutes long, a pretty meaty runtime compared to the rest of Season 6’s episodes. The title likely alludes to the impending war between two of the show’s most famous bastards, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) — né Snow — as Jon marches on Winterfell to reclaim the Stark stronghold from the jerk who took it from Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen).
Still lamenting the fact that the most recent episode of Game of Thrones was a mere 51 minutes long — barely long enough to cook and eat four Hot Pockets? Relax, HBO is making up for it with the final two episodes of Season 6.
Looking at the Season 6 finale on HBO.com, you’d better get a comfy blanket and order in on Sunday, June 26. It will be a 69-minute episode, making it the longest episode of Thrones to date, not that we’re complaining. The more Thrones, the better, right? It is titled “The Winds of Winter,” which is the title of George R.R. Martin’s forthcoming book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series that Game of Thrones is based on.
How long would your ideal Game of Thrones episode run? 55 minutes? An hour? Me, I’ll go with seven hours, even if it’s just Mace Tyrell blabbering on about whatever.
Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on HBO.