Game of Thrones’ Season 4 finale, Season 4 Episode 10 (The Children”), has a run time of a whopping 66 minutes according to HBO’s schedule, making the episode the longest that the series has ever produced. Given that the show’s first three seasons have featured relatively uneventful finales, does this mean that Season 4 will be bucking that trend by giving us a truly epic episode?
It seems like that will be the case. Rather than 66 minutes of exposition, the episode will likely be very eventful. Alex Graves, who directed the finale, tells the Huffington Post, “The finale is really a finale. It’s not the episode after episode nine, it’s the big one ... It’s by far the largest episode that they’ve ever made. The tectonics and the story are the largest that have ever happened, and that’s not counting the x-number of battle sequences, x-number of gigantic digital effects sequences, and x-number of how many characters are alive and standing and even on the continent when it’s over. It’s a big one.”
Game of Thrones has always felt more like a big movie production than a television show, but it sounds like this episode will really be taking the show into new territory. Seriously, are we going to have to buy tickets to watch this thing? At the very least, you should prepare some popcorn, because it’s going to be a spectacle.
The Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones airs Sunday, June 15 at 9 pm ET/PT on HBO.