June 8, 2016


'Game of Thrones' Season 6 Finale Will Be Series' Longest Episode Ever


If you don't want any content-oriented spoilers about the last few episodes of Game of Thrones Season 6, we'll give you one quick shot of awesomeness and you can be on your way: The last two episodes will be 60 minutes and 69 minutes. So episode nine is super-sized, and the finale is Game of Thrones' longest episode yet. Installments generally clock in somewhere in the low 50s; "Book of the Stranger" was this season's longest episode so far at 57 minutes.

Now, on to the vaguely spoilery stuff about the year's last three episodes. Turn back now or forever hold your peace.

So episode eight, airing this Sunday, is called "No One." The brief description indicates that we'll spend time with Jaime, Cersei, Tyrion and—yay!—Arya.

Episode nine is called "The Battle of the Bastards," so we know when we can expect to see Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton, née Snow, face off at Winterfell. A while back, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss let Entertainment Weekly know that Season 6 contains Game of Thrones' biggest battle scene ever, so this one's a safe bet. Also aiding that theory: Miguel Sapochnik, who directed the unbelievable battle that was last season's "Hardhome," helmed the episode.

And know what else Sapochnik directed? The finale, which is titled "The Winds of Winter," which is the name of George R.R. Martin's still-unpublished (still-very-far-from-complete?) sixth novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. It's not enough that they've passed the books, now they have to name an episode after one that's not even out.

Hear Fuse's Back of the Class podcast give a halftime report on Game of Thrones Season 6 at the 28:05 mark in the episode below: