HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 7 is going to be an exhilarating roller coaster ride. In a new interview, Kit Harrington talked about the exciting next season and teased what fans can expect as the award-winning fantasy drama nears its end.
Blink And It Is Over
The final two seasons of the television series based on a novel written by George R.R. Martin is going to feel rather short, not just because of the decreased episode order (Seasons 7 and 8 will have a total of 13 episodes combined). The final two seasons will be in a break-neck pace that fans will be catching their breaths by the time the story wraps up.
Speaking to EW, Harrington, who reprises the role of Jon Snow, shared why Game of Thrones Season 7 will be a little different than previous seasons.
“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,” the actor explained. “[I]t’s so different than what everybody is used to. It’s quite exciting.”
The faster pace makes so much sense considering that there is an oncoming war headed to the Seven Kingdoms. As showrunner Dan Weiss added, the events of the past six years have been building up to this great war. This gives each character that sense of urgency and make the narrative move forward a little bit faster than normal.
In fact, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the actor known for the portrayal of Jamie Lannister, boasted that events that typically happen in the span of one season will be packed in just one episode. He admitted, “I’m like, ‘Already? Now?! What?!”
There is threat closing in from all sides: the Night King descending from the North, the Starks in a battle to reclaim Winterfell and Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) army sailing toward Westeros. There is no time to stall. The time for war is now and there is no other way out than to fight.
War In Westeros
“For a long time we’ve been talking about ‘the wars to come,'” showrunner David Benioff pointed out. “Well, that war is pretty much here.”
However, despite the fact that the stories of all remaining characters are pretty much already established, he promised that it will not be a blur of fire and swords. Benioff said that the challenge in making Season 7 and, after that, Season 8, is to make sure that each character continues to tell their own individual stories.
“So it’s really about trying to find a way to make the storytelling work without feeling like we’re rushing it,” he explained. “You still want to give characters their due, and pretty much all the characters that are now left are all important characters.” He said that even those characters who were initially introduced as a minor character have been fleshed and transformed into major players in the narrative.
Game of Thrones Season 7
And if fans are curious about how big exactly the war is going to be, HBO has their backs. The cable channel released a first looked at Game of Thrones Season 7 via character posters that tease their roles in the battle touted to be bigger than the Battle of the Bastards and battle of Blackwater.
One poster shows Daenery’s and one of her “children” in the middle of a fiery battlefield. If her dragons were intimidating before, in the new season, they have grown to the size of the Boeing 747 airplane.
According to the fan site Watchers on the Wall (via Harper’s Bazaar), the seventh season hired a total of 100 horses and 500 extras for the war. Game of Thrones Season 7 will premiere on July 16 on HBO.
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