“Game of Thrones” S7 Won’t Dawdle

HBO’s popular fantasy series “Game of Thrones” returns soon with a truncated season of seven episodes as opposed to the regular ten.

With thirteen episodes of the series overall to go, there’s no more breathing room or dawdling. With many of the supporting players wiped out and situations coming to a head, things are going to get intense.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Jon Snow himself actor Kit Harington says:

“This season is really different than any other season because it’s accelerating toward the end, a lot of stuff collides and happens much much quicker than you’re used to seeing on Thrones … it’s so different than what everybody is used to. It’s quite exciting.”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jamie Lannister, was also surprised at the pace:

“I’m like, ‘Already? Now?! What?!’ I feel like I’d been lulled into a different pace. Everything happened quicker than I’m used to … a lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode.”

Showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff told the mag that the increased speed is an organic move and with the groundwork laid earlier in the story, they now can move faster:

Weiss: “Things are moving faster because in the world of these characters the war that they’ve been waiting for is upon them. The conflicts that have been building the past six years are upon them and those facts give them a sense of urgency that makes [the characters] move faster.”

Benioff: “For a long time we’ve been talking about ‘the wars to come.’ Well, that war is pretty much here. So it’s really about trying to find a way to make the storytelling work without feeling like we’re rushing it — you still want to give characters their due, and pretty much all the characters that are now left are all important characters. Even the ones who might have started out as relatively minor characters have become significant in their own right.”

“Game of Thrones” season 7 premieres on HBO on July 16th, check out a new motion poster for the new season below.