What’s better than a new season of Game of Thrones? A new season with the longest episode ever! Season 7 is slowly creeping up on us, and the details are trickling in.
Here’s what we already knew: Season 7 was delayed due to a change in seasons. Winter is finally here, so the shooting schedule needed to be pushed back to make it actually look like winter. Unfortunately, we also knew this would be the shortest season yet. Rather than the usual 10 episodes per season, this one would only have seven episodes.
Now, luckily, there’s some good news headed our way. The season finale of the upcoming episodes is going to be the longest episode in Game of Thrones history–and not just by a little bit, either. We’re talking a full 90-minute episode. That’s an hour and a half of Westeros drama and dragons, which will basically seem like a feature-length movie.
The previous longest episode was the Season 6 finale, titled “The Winds of Winter.” That episode clocked in at 69 minutes. Just picture it–if that one felt long (in a good way), the Season 7 finale is a full 21 minutes longer.
On the other hand, the new season will also include the shortest episode yet. But don’t dismay! It’s not the shortest by very much. According to showrunner David Benioff, it’s going to be about 50 minutes in length. In previous seasons, there were already a couple 51-minute episodes, so it won’t be too out of the ordinary.
The new season of Game of Thrones debuts on HBO on July 16, 2017. Lucky for us, a few of our favorite characters have survived to the present season. Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey are all set to reprise their roles.