“Game of Thrones” Regulars Get More Screentime

Despite the upcoming seventh season of HBO’s big-budget fantasy feature being reduced to just seven episodes, many of the key regulars in the series are finding themselves with a much larger share of on screen time than they’ve been used to in recent years.

Speaking with EW, Emilia Clarke revealed that: “When I first read this season I thought: ‘Damn, I gotta learn some lines!’. We’re actually filming longer now. I don’t know how that’s happening.” Peter Dinklage similarly added: “I’ve worked more days this season than I have in quite some time.”

There’s an obvious answer though – last year’s wiping out of many side characters and the natural convergence of storylines means the scope of the whole project has become smaller. Showrunner Dan Weiss says:

“You kill a couple dozen characters, the people who are left by default need to carry more dramatic weight…

As the worlds start to converge the characters who haven’t met each other before start to meet each other and there are more main characters together in each other’s storylines than ever before.

Every since Tyrion crossed the Narrow Sea and met Dany that’s been the general direction. And having them on set together is a real privilege for us.”

The seventh season of “Game of Thrones” debuts July 16th on HBO.