HBO Confirms That Game Of Thrones’ Season 6 Finale Will Be Super Sized!

HBO has finally put an end to speculations and confirmed the titles and runtime of Game of Thrones’ last two episodes of season 6.

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The two episodes will have a combined runtime of over two hours, with the finale clocking in at 69 minutes, the longest running time of any Game of Thrones episode ever. As for the titles, well, we have to warn you, they are considered minor spoilers, so beware. “Battle of the Bastards” is the title of episode 9, which will presumably feature an epic battle between John Snow and the Ruse Bolton’s bastard, Ramsey.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have previously stated that season 6 will have one of the biggest battles in the history of the show. Battle of the Bastards will air June 19 and will have a running time of 60 minutes. The following and final episode of the series carries the title “The Winds of Winter”, which is a nod to George R.R. Martin’s next novel. The finale will wrap up some story arcs and will probably lay the groundwork for an epic final season.

The episode is well over an hour long which is understandable, given that the story has gotten very, very complicated, and it needs to get simpler, and fast, if they are to wrap up the whole story in less than 10 episodes. It does not help when they keep bringing back characters that we thought we’re previously gone. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how everyone’s favorite ‘Hound’ fits into the big picture.

Miguel Sapochnik will direct both episodes. Sapochnik first made his mark on the series when he directed “Hardhome”, one of the most talked about episodes in the show’s history. The showrunners have come under some criticisms lately over the length of some of the episodes, particularly from fans of the books, who claim they are just too short and have demanded more substance.

The fans might have a point, and given the rich nature of the source material, it’s hard to understand why they devote so much time to fringe characters like Sam and Gilly when there are so many interesting characters and story arcs that have been left out. Nonetheless, we’re sure the fans who demanded more from the show will welcome the news of an extended finale.

The final two episodes don’t have an official synopsis yet, even if some sites have published supposed ‘leaks’. One that particularly made some noise was the leak about the introduction of Lady Stoneheart in one of the final two episodes, even though Benioff and Weiss made it clear at the end of season 5 that they decided not to include Lady Stoneheart in the story.