This Sunday, HBO airs the 7th of 8 episodes of The Night Of, its outstanding limited series about the arrest and murder trial of a college student after the first evening of his life. (We've reviewed every episode here.) Without spoiling anything, it's another excellent hour of TV, but one that leaves a whole lot to be resolved in the finale on August 28...

...which perhaps explains why the concluding chapter will have a running time of 95 minutes.

This will make the finale, titled "Call of the Wild," a bookend to the series premiere, which ran close to 85 minutes. And super-sized finales are certainly not unusual on HBO; earlier this year, Game of Thrones season 6 ended with an 80-plus minute epic.

But strap in, because it's going to be a long night.

Alan Sepinwall has been reviewing television since the mid-'90s, first for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, The Star-Ledger, and now for HitFix. His new book, "TV (The Book)" about the 100 greatest shows of all time, is available now. He can be reached at