Damn you HBO!
There’s only four episodes left of Game of Thrones season seven and some fans might feel short-changed by this week’s episode.
HBO has confirmed that ‘The Spoils of War’ clocks in at 50 minutes, making it the shortest-ever episode in the show’s history by around a minute, some way down on the 60-minute running times of the season’s first three episodes (via EW).
But never fear, we’re back to 59 minutes for the fifth episode – which we still don’t know the name of – and then the season seven finale will be the longest-ever episode.
Then again, we should have been expecting the shortest-ever episode at some point. “We have one episode that’s coming in around 90 minutes and another that’s going to be our shortest episode at 50 minutes,” revealed co-showrunner David Benioff in June.
Earlier this week, HBO released new photos from ‘The Spoils of War’, which teased the long-awaited showdown between Jon Snow and Theon Greyjoy.
Daenerys will be hoping for a change in fortune in the fourth episode after ‘The Queen’s Justice’ saw her lose basically all of her allies, with Olenna Tyrell offed by Jaime Lannister and Ellaria Sand chained up by Cersei.
The episode also saw a reunion between Sansa Stark and Bran, with another Stark reunion hinted at in the teaser for ‘The Spoils of War’.
And if you’re wondering why Bran was acting so weird, Isaac Hempstead Wright has tried to explain it. “It’s like imagining you have all of space and time in your head. Bran is existing in thousands of planes of existence at any one time,” he said.
Game of Thrones continues on Sunday (August 6) on HBO in the US, simulcast in the early hours of Monday morning (August 7) on Sky Atlantic in the UK.