The third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones will include an extra episode….sort of. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealed that the length of the episodes of Game of Thrones in season three will be longer than the previous years, almost enough to equal the length of a full episode.

“There’s almost another full episode’s worth of extra minutes spread across the season,” Weiss told the site. “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 added. “Last year we had a lot of 52-minute episodes. This year is a lot of 56, 57.”

Those additional few minutes might not seem like much, but spread over the course of 10 episodes, it could add up to as much as 35-40 minutes. Plus, the site also revealed that the season finale will run over an hour, which will give everyone behind the scenes enough time to bring this epic to life.

Game of Thrones returns on March 31, 2013.

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[via EW]