A few weeks ago, the runtimes of all the episodes of Game of Thrones season 7 went up online and it was revealed that the shortened seven episode season would be more like eight episodes, given all the extra time crammed into the episodes. The season is supposed to culminate in a pair of 70/80 minute episodes, and it seems that precedent might carry on all throughout season 8 as well.

The news comes from a Game of Thrones fan convention, where sound designer Paula Fairfield indicated that many episodes of Game of Thrones season 8 could be closer to this 80 minute range, essentially making each episode a mini-movie. This would make Game of Thrones episodes closer in length to what we see from UK shows like Sherlock or Black Mirror, albeit with a much more enormous budget.

Given that HBO was willing to shell out for ten or more seasons of Game of Thrones before the show runner decided to end things at season 8, it stands to reason that for a blockbuster final season, they’re willing to give them all the room they need to make the finale one of the most epic television events in history.

It will likely be a good long while before the episode lengths of season 8 are confirmed, but the overall sense of things is that Game of Thrones will be able to format its final seasons however it wants, and if they want to make seven or eight mini-movies in a row, so be it.