What’s worse than the fact HBO’s Game of Thrones is slowly crawling towards its end? The long wait between Seasons. With the show planning to push out its seventh outing later this month, much is being speculated over just how much audiences can expect from the final Season in 2018. The good news for fans it seems, is that wait will be rewarded with longer episodes across the board.
Per a report from Deadline, the shows sound designer Paula Fairfield was talking during a panel at the first Game of Thrones fan convention. It seems she may have let slip that the length of each episode in Season 8 will be more feature-length – allowing the show more time to wrap up its loose ends more effectively.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this kind of suggestion. Earlier this year, there was talk of extra episodes being added to the count of Season 8 – with suggestions that here was too much good material to cut out. Perhaps this will be the option they choose instead.
It should be noted that Season 8 of Game of Thrones hasn’t entered production yet. That will begin as winter sets in, allowing the cast and crew chance to take advantage of the wintery conditions. That’s one of the reasons the latest season was pushed back from its May air date – to allow for extra production time.
Feature length episodes are a good idea in theory, if used correctly. The problem is that so much goes on in Game of Thrones that the writers may lose focus in doing this. One of the bigger complaints fans have about the series right now is that the show just can’t seem to keep still for long periods, causing the minor story’s to suffer as a consequence.
Would you want to see feature-length episodes?
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on July 16th