While many fans were disappointed to hear that the final two seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones would have fewer episodes than previous seasons, it appears the lower episode count has resulted in noticeably more screen time for certain cast members.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, members of the cast discussed their reactions to their increased workload while showrunner Dan Weiss explained the reason for the increased screen time. Emilia Clarke, who portrays Daenerys Targaryen, shared her initial reaction after reading through the season:
“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, the actor who portrays Tyrion Lannister, revealed his character will have an increased presence in the upcoming seventh season:
“I’ve worked more days this season than I have in quite some time.”
Showrunner Dan Weiss explained that with several characters no longer on the chess board, those left standing are able to have more screen time:
“You kill a couple dozen characters, the people who are left by default need to carry more dramatic weight.”
Weiss also went on to add that with a number of characters finally crossing paths, their screen time can be shared rather than divided between individual storylines:
“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. [Ever] 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.”
Carice van Houten, who portrays the Red Woman, Melisandre, commented on the converging storylines as the series begins to move towards its end game:
“These storylines are going to cross and it’s going to be so exciting to watch I think. War has really started. We all know there’s no escape. How are we going to run away from what’s coming? Everyone is going to get trapped. The heat is on.”
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Game of Thrones season seven premieres on HBO on July 16, 2017.
‘Game Of Thrones’: Everything We Know So Far About Season 7
In Westeros, everybody knows “winter is coming.” But in our world, it’s summer we have to watch out for, because that is when Game of Thrones returns to HBO.
Only 13 episodes remain before Thrones exits stage left. Seven of those episodes comprise season 7 and six is confirmed to be the count for the eighth and final season next year. Season 6 left off with two of its biggest and most consequential episodes – “Battle of the Bastards,” which depicted the most expensive battle scene yet filmed for the fantasy drama, and “The Winds of Winter,” which takes it title from the unpublished sixth novel of the planned seven that comprise the show’s basis, author George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, and featured the largest slaughter of named characters in the show’s bloody history.
Now, the game has been reset yet again. Jon Snow has been crowned King in the North by his countrymen, Cersei has seized the Iron Throne in the South, and Daenerys Targaryen sails to Westeros to reclaim it with a massive, multicultural invasion force. And all the while, the Night King, his fellow White Walkers, and their zombie army descend on the Wall, seeking to bring it down and spread wintry death to all of Westeros. After years of war and desolation, can the people of the continent come together in time to avert apocalypse?
We’ll find out come summer. Click Next to scroll through Westeros, from Beyond-the-Wall all the way to aptly-named Oldtown in the south.