Season 4 Finale to be Longest, Best Episode Yet

By Jacob Klein on Jun 13, 2014 to Game of Thrones


UPDATE:  We want to remind viewers that, with an encore presentation of the finale airing immediately after the initial viewing, Last Week with John Oliver will air at 11:30PM instead of its normal 11PM time slot.

We’d also like to report on how the show runners have said they feel about this finale.  Speaking with ET writers/producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss said:

“It’s the best finale we’ve ever done, bar none.  The performances from our cast, the direction from Alex Graves, the VFX work, the new [music] cues from Ramin Djawadi—all of it came together in perhaps the finest hour we’ve produced. We’re immensely proud of ‘The Children.’ And a little intimidated by the episode, because now we have to get back to the business of season five and figure out a way to top it.”

Wow.  To be clear Game of Thrones seasons 5 AND  6 have been confirmed already so nothing to worry about there. Will you be part of the estimated 20 million viewers of the finale this weekend?  Be there. Here’s the trailer:

Following the tradition of the previous Game of Thrones season finales this fourth installment will be longer than your average episode. In fact the season four finale will clock in at 66 glorious minutes according to HBO’s official schedule making it the longest episode of Game of Thrones ever.  Some episodes have been as short as 51 minutes so that means you’ll be getting almost a full 15 minutes more than usual.  So remember to check your DVRs to be sure everything is in place that day (June 15th).

Oh, and we can also share with you the title of that episode as well:

Season 4, Episode 10: “The Children”

Any book readers out there have an idea or two about what this might refer to?  Here are the rest of the episodes from this season too:

4.01 Two Swords (59 minutes)
4.02 The Lion and the Rose (53 minutes)
4.03 Breaker of Chains (57 minutes)
4.04 Oathkeeper (56 minutes)

4.05 First of His Name (54 minutes)

4.06 The Laws of Gods and Men (51 minutes)

4.07 Mockingbird (52 minutes)

4.08 The Mountain and the Viper (53 minutes)
4.09 The Watchers on the Wall (51 minutes)

4.10 The Children (66 minutes)

There isn’t an episode synopsis just yet for the finale but we do have a few of May’s episodes to share if you’re interested:


Episode #35: “First of His Name”

Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 4 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Cersei (Lena Headey) and Tywin (Charles Dance) plot the Crown’s next move. Dany (Emilia Clarke) discusses future plans. Jon (Kit Harington) embarks on a new mission.

Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Michelle MacLaren.


Episode #36: “The Laws of Gods and Men”

Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 11 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Stannis (Stephen Dillane) and Davos (Liam Cunningham) set sail with a new strategy. Dany meets with supplicants. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) faces down his father in the throne room.

Written by Bryan Cogman; directed by Alik Sakharov.


Episode #37: “Mockingbird”

Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Tyrion enlists an unlikely ally. Daario (Michiel Huisman) entreats Dany to allow him to do what he does best. Jon’s warnings about the Wall’s vulnerability fall on deaf ears. Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) follows a new lead on the road with Pod (Daniel Portman).

Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Alik Sakharov.


There you have it!  We’ll keep bringing you nuggets of gold like this as we make our way through the season.

  • Ryo Shenmue

    Is this supposed to be “great” news? It’s funny that Benioff and Weiss are not able to obtain longer episodes at least for the season finale of every season. I remember when every episode of The Wire was NEVER under 57-58 minutes and David Simon, with his jedi powers, managed to obtain a 79 minutes season finale for the 4th season of The Wire. Sure, it’s the best tv-season of all time, but they had no viewers. He pulled that off again with Treme, at the end of the first season, with even more than 79 minutes. He also did it in the third season, with a 67 minutes episode that wasn’t even the season finale.

    • Well, The Wire cost about 1.5 million per episode to produce… while Game of Thrones costs 5-8 million per episode. So basically every single episode of Game of Thrones costs about the same as half a SEASON of The Wire.

      I’d like to see an extended season as well but I think keeping it at 10 makes them condense things so that they always pack punch each and every episode. This will become a more pressing issue as the series slows down after ASoS (not sure if thats a spoiler or not…)

  • Eleonora Iafano

    “The Children” could refer to many things: the children of any of the Houses in Westeros who are still living – Arya, Bran, Rickon & Sansa; Tyrion, Jaime & Cersei; Cersei’s offspring: Tommen & Marcella; Shireen Baratheon; Yara & Theon Greyjoy, etc. It could also point out to other elements in the storyline (I’m a book reader and don’t want to post any spoilers) that have to do with supernatural elements. This title has me intrigued. Could be something that adults tend to overlook about their children. Perhaps something that will shake people up.

    • David Igor Aller

      knowing the end of season… well i guess it refers to at least tyrion… (ejem readers know why), a Targaryen (the same… book 5) or yes… those children… either ways uit uses to have several meanings so…

    • Alex

      “Children”..refers to the children in thecaves…enough said ;-)

    • Alex

      “Children”..refers to the children in thecaves…enough said ;-)

  • loco73

    I’m glad that we will get an extended season finale. Anything that has to do with “Game Of Thrones” is allright in my book.

    But you guys haven’t yet mentioned the news that Ridley Scott is heading over to HBO. Here is the announcement from Variety:

    “David Schulner Sets HBO Drama with Ridley Scott, Inks Overall Deal at U TV

    David Schulner has inked a two-year overall deal with Universal TV, where he’s developing a drama series for HBO with Ridley Scott on board to direct.

    “Pharaoh” revolves around ancient Egypt and the influence of alien beings as an alternative explanation for the rise of empires in the region. Schulner co-created the project with Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi. Scott will exec produce, along with Schulner, Facio and Abedi, and helm “Pharaoh” should it move forward at HBO.

    Schulner is also developing projects at Syfy and USA Network.

    Schulner was creator and showrunner of NBC’s short-lived drama “Do No Harm” this past season. He’s also worked as consulting producer on NBC’s “Dracula” and “Ironside.” He began his career as a playwright before joining the staff of the ABC drama “Once and Again.”

    Schulner is repped by UTA and Myman Abel Fineman Fox Greenspan Light.

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