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Here's How Long 'Westworld' Season 3's Premiere Episode Will Be

Third installment premiering March 15 will consist of eight episodes, making it shorter than the first two

In just over two weeks, the third season of "Westworld" will debut on HBO with an episode so shrouded in mystery that we don't even know its title yet. But we do finally have a runtime for the installment.

HBO has confirmed to TheWrap that Episode 301 will clock in at 1 hour and 8 minutes. That's down 2 minutes from the Season 2 premiere and way down from the 1-hour, 30-minute second season finale.

Last month, the pay-TV channel announced that Season 3 of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's sci-fi series will premiere March 15 at 9/8c -- almost a full two years after Season 2 launched with a 70-minute episode in April 2018. As TheWrap exclusively reported, Season 3 will consist of eight episodes, making it shorter than the show's first two years.

Returning cast members for Season 3 include Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, Thandie Newton as Maeve, Ed Harris as Man in Black, Jeffrey Wright as Bernard, Tessa Thompson as Charlotte, Luke Hemsworth as Stubbs, Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore and Rodrigo Santoro as Hector Escaton.

Newcomers for the third installment include Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad," "Bojack Horseman"), Vincent Cassel ("Black Swan"), Lena Waithe (HBO's "A Black Lady Sketch Show," "Master of None"), Scott Mescudi (HBO's upcoming "We Are Who We Are"), Marshawn Lynch ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine"), John Gallagher Jr. (HBO's "The Newsroom" and "Olive Kitteridge"), Michael Ealy ("Stumptown") and Tommy Flanagan ("Sons of Anarchy").

"Westworld" was created by Nolan and Joy, who executive produce along with J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Richard J. Lewis, Ben Stephenson, and Denise Thé.

The series, based on the film written by Michael Crichton, hails from Nolan and Joy's Kilter Films and Abrams' Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

You can watch the official "Westworld" Season 3 trailer here, two of the hidden ones here, and another secret one here.

"Westworld" Season 3 premieres March 15 at 9/8c on HBO.