The "Game of Thrones" Season 7 finale will be "supersized," perhaps giving Tormund just enough extra time to perfect his pitch to Brienne (or maybe just wear her down).

GoT returns July 16 on HBO, and even though Season 7 will only have seven episodes, we know the main cast will have more screen time than ever. However, that doesn't necessarily mean all of the episodes will be longer than ever.

There's been some chatter in the fandom in the past few days about the premiere's running time, which was originally listed by HBO at 58 minutes, then upgraded to 59 minutes. Either way, that's eight or nine minutes longer than the Season 6 premiere, but not a record. Entertainment Weekly cautioned that the upcoming episodes won't be longer in general, but the Season 7 finale will be "well over an hour."

Here's more from EW:

"One of the most frequent questions I get on Twitter — especially since officially confirming that the final season of Game of Thrones will be six episodes last week — is whether the remaining GoT episodes will be longer than usual.

There are seven episodes in the upcoming seventh season (debuting July 16) and six in the eighth and final season.

The simple answer: No, the remaining episodes are not, for the most part, longer. The upcoming seventh season premiere is 58 minutes. Three GoT premieres have been slightly longer than this one, and three have been slightly shorter, making the season 7 premiere's running time perfectly normal (so this season will not have the show's Longest Premiere Ever...). As is often the case, however, the finale this season WILL be super-sized, clocking in at well over an hour."

When GoT does go over an hour, it is usually for a finale, with the Season 6 finale currently holding the title at 69 minutes. Here's Business Insider's rundown of the longest episodes to date:

  • Season 6, Episode 10: "The Winds of Winter" — 69 minutes
  • Season 4, Episode 10: "The Children" — 65 minutes
  • Season 2, Episode 10: "Valar Morghulis" — 64 minutes
  • Season 3, Episode 10: "Mhysa" — 62 minutes
  • Season 5, Episode 10: "Mother's Mercy" — 61 minutes
  • Season 1, Episode 1: "Winter is Coming" — 61 minutes

Of those, only the top three would really qualify as "well over an hour," at least from here.

We don't know the Season 7 premiere title at this point, but it will show up on Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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Game of Thrones
HBOTVMAApril 17, 2011
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