Still struggling to cope with the news that Game of Thrones Season 7 looks set to be a whole three episodes shorter than what we've grown accustomed to? Well then, here's some good news: The show's Season 6 finale is apparently going to be a full 15 minutes longer than usual. Which is, y'know, great and all.
But the big question?
What Does Game of Thrones' Extra-Long Finale Mean For The Show?
Well, on one level, perhaps not a lot at all. It's entirely possible that the Game of Thrones showrunners (and the episode's director, Miguel Sapochnik) simply decided that they needed a little extra time to tie together the multiple plot threads in an audience-sating manner, and extended the episode length accordingly. After all, we're talking an additional 15 or so minutes here, not a feature-length production.
That being said, however...
It's Possible That The Extra-Long Finale Is Extra-Long For A Reason
Y'see, there's a pretty good chance that there's going to be a hell of a lot of major storylines still in need of resolution going into the final episode of Season 6. With Episode 9 looking set to spend much of its running time on a large, climactic battle (as tends to be the case with Game of Thrones), it's entirely possible that we'll still be looking for some narrative closure for pretty much every other storyline. Which, with some pretty major events looking set to arrive in the near future...
...may well have necessitated an unusually long episode.
In other words?
Game of Thrones' Season Finale May Have Been Extended In Order To Feature More 'Big Moments' Than Ever Before
Could this be the season where the final episode truly blows our minds with reveal after reveal, and shock upon shock? Could we be set to see multiple twists, and several agonizing cliffhangers? Could the wait for Season 7 be even more cruel than those in past years?