When it was announced that Game Of Thrones’ seventh season would only consist of seven episodes, fans immediately felt robbed. But while its seventh season has more than made up for its lack of installments, bringing viewers the reunions, truces, shocks, surprises and bloodshed that they crave, the fact that we only have two more episodes is still a tough pill to swallow.
But when, exactly, is the Game Of Thrones season 7 finale?
The thought of Game Of Thrones coming to an end for another season is enough to make even a member of the Night’s Watch break down and cry. At the same time, the show has always done a sterling job of ending its batch of episodes in a dramatic fashion that has viewers counting down the months, weeks, days and seconds until it's back on screen. We’ll find out if Game Of Thrones’s seventh season finale is as equally as rousing when it airs on HBO at 9pm EST on Sunday August 27th.
It promises to be an absolute doozy, too. That’s because HBO has already confirmed that the episode is the longest in Game Of Thrones history. It will actually run for 81 minutes, eclipsing the 69 minutes of the sixth season finale, The Winds Of Winter. The penultimate episode of Game Of Thrones’ seventh season is nearly just as ground-breaking, as its run-time of 71 minutes is not only 16 minutes longer than an average episode, but also the longest episode in the show’s history. At least for a week.
HBO will keep the title of the Game Of Thrones finale a secret until after its predecessor has aired, but following on from last week’s Eastwitch, we already know that the Sunday August 20th episode is called Death Is The Enemy. Considering that Eastwitch concluded with Jon Snow, Jorah Mormont, Gendry, the Hound, the Brotherhood without Banners, Tormund and some of the Free Folk heading pass the Wall to capture a White Walker as evidence for Cersei Lannister, Death Is The Enemy is a pretty ominous title heading into its final two episodes.
We’ll find out soon enough whether it means bad news for the show’s heroes or villains, before the excruciating countdown until the start of Game Of Thrones’ eighth season, and its meagre six episodes that will air either in late 2018 or early 2019, begins.