The first episode will have a running time of 54 minutes — and then it only gets longer from there

By Natalie Stone
April 09, 2019 05:05 PM

Winter is coming — for the very last time.

On Sunday, the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will premiere at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

For devoted fans of the fantasy drama series, now is the time to prepare for the first of six new episodes — including catching up on seasons 1-7 on Hulu or HBO and signing up for an HBO Now or HBO Go account to stream the show’s premiere.

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As previously announced, the final season will air 432 minutes of footage. The first episode will have a running time of 54 minutes — and then it only gets longer from there.

The following episodes will air over the course of the next five Sundays, with each one increasing in running time.

Similar to the debut episode, the April 21 episode will air for 58 minutes. The episode on the April 28 is the first one from the new set to extend beyond 60 minutes, at an hour and 22 minutes. Then, the May 5 episode will be on for an hour and 18 minutes, while the May 12 episode will be back up to an hour and 20 minutes.

Game of Thrones
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By the May 19 series finale, fans will settle in for an hour and 20 minutes-long farewell.

In January, HBO released an atmospheric teaser depicting Jon Snow (Kit Harington) grappling with his true parentage as he passes a statue of Lyanna Stark, his birth mother, in the Winterfell catacombs.

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Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) join the man they thought was their half-brother (surprise, they’re cousins!), and icy air courses through the tunnel as it seems the White Walkers arrive.

The final season is sure to be emotional for loyal fans of the show, considering it has been on the air since 2011.

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In January, Harington told GQ Australia that filming the final six episodes over 10 months was extremely intense, to the point where he and the rest of the cast and crew were “broken at the end.”

Sophie Turner and Kit Harington in Game of Thrones
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“I don’t know if we were crying because we were said it was ending or if we were crying because it was so f-ing tiring. We were sleep deprived,” he said. “It was like it was designed to make you think, ‘Right, I’m f—ing sick of this.’ I remember everyone walking around towards the end going, ‘I’ve had enough now. I love this, it’s been the best thing in my life, I’ll miss it one day — but I’m done.’ “

Last week, the cast and crew reunited at the final GoT premiere party in New York City.

Game of Thrones season 8 premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.