'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Moves at a Faster Pace Than Earlier Seasons

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - 8:56PM
Game of Thrones
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - 8:56PM
'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Moves at a Faster Pace Than Earlier Seasons
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This shouldn't be too surprising since the remaining Game of Thrones seasons will be smaller, but it's still something to brace yourself for: the upcoming season 7 episodes will move much faster than previous episodes.

Game of Thrones has never been light on gut-wrenching plot twists and battles, but they've often had long buildups – the recent Battle of the Bastards spent an entire season preparing Jon Snow and Ramsay for war before throwing them at each other, and Cersei's explosive power-grab the next episode similarly came after several episodes of her slowly putting everything in place.

But some of the show's cast are now remarking on how those types of events will be happening sooner and much faster. Speaking to EW, Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau (who plays Jaime Lannister) says that those season-long slow burns are being turned up a notch:

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"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."
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Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) gave a similar answer: 

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"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."
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Showrunner Dan Weiss insists that this new pace isn't because of the season's fewer episodes (it'll only have 7 episodes instead of the usual 10, while the final season only consists of 6 episodes). It's because the story's climax is fast approaching, and "the wars to come" that everyone's been talking about are finally here. After all, the last season finale set up Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen as the final three contenders for the Iron Throne, with other groups like the Baratheons, Boltons, and Tyrells (save for Olenna) being eliminated from the game.

The recent images of Dany's gigantic dragons invading Westeros would back up that "wars to come" theory, so expect characters to be dramatically set on fire. Or killed by White Walkers - now that winter is here (the season was delayed specifically so they could film during winter), the White Walkers should be looking south of the Wall, and this motion poster of the Night's King doesn't make him look friendly:



Start mentally preparing yourself now, because Game of Thrones season 7 begins July 16, 2017.

Via: /Film
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