James Hibberd talked to the showrunners David and Dan, and to HBO, and learned that the episodes are coming in longer this year. They are still editing them, so the lenghts may vary a bit, but:
“There’s almost another full episode’s worth of extra minutes spread across the season,” Weiss says. “One of the great liberties with HBO is we’re not forced to come in at a specific time. We can’t be under 50 minutes or over 60, but that gives us a lot of flexibility.”
“A super-sized season, as befitting Storm of Swords,” Benioff adds. “Last year we had a lot of 52-minute episodes. This year is a lot of 56, 57.”
On top of that, the finale will run longer than one full hour, much like the first episode of the first season, and the finale of the second.
Hear Me Roar: Joy! I always wondered why they weren’t pushing for episode lengths closer to sixty, when they have that option (especially when S2 ones were a bit shorter on average). Says Winter, it will be nice to see the exact run times when they are released. Indeed. Cannot wait!