The seventh season of Game of Thrones is here, and it's a great reminder of why we've been so invested in these characters for the better part of a decade. Sadly, our trip through the excessively dangerous world of Westeros is nearing its conclusion — and folks, we're not getting enough time to savor what's left.
This week's new episode, "The Spoils of War," will be the shortest in the series' history, with a criminally small runtime of 50 minutes. That's a far cry from the previous three episodes, which were each an hour long.
To add insult to injury, the seventh season is the show's shortest yet, with a seven-episode count as opposed to its predecessors' standard 10. To top that off, Season 8 is about to take away that record with its six chapters, meaning we only have 12 episodes left in the pipeline (please excuse me while I go cry in the corner).
Since the number of remaining episodes is so low, one could argue that they should be running as long as possible. This season has been particularly fast-paced and to-the-point, so it would have been nice for the episode to run a little longer to give us more time to digest everything that's happening.
To be fair, "The Spoils of War" is just a few minutes under the show's average runtime. However, let's be honest here, us #GoT fans treasure every single minute of the ride.
Perhaps Less Is More?
Keep in mind, while spending less time with the likes of Jon Snow, Khaleesi and Sansa Stark in Episode 4 is quite disappointing, we shouldn't worry too much. To the delight of Game of Thrones fandom, the season's remaining chapters will be much more generous in length.
The next episode will be 59 minutes long, and the one after that will last 70 minutes. As if that weren't enough, the season finale will be the longest episode in the series yet, clocking in at a whopping, Lifetime-movie length of 82 minutes.
I'm not sure if it's just me, but I find it really funny to think Season 7 has both the shortest and longest episodes in the series to date. If you want to see what will happen next, "The Spoils Of War" arrives on #HBO Sunday, August 6.
What do you think about Season 7 having the shortest episode in Game of Thrones history? Let me know in the comments!
[Credit: Entertainment Weekly]