Game of Thrones showrunners are reportedly back in Belfast to begin shooting the upcoming season after a two month delay to get more winter themed shots, and they are also doing a slew interviews to promote their Emmy nomination. In these interviews, they began to discuss Game of Thrones season 7 and where characters will pick up. For one, they weighed in on how Jamie will take Cersei’s destruction of the Sept of Baelor.
Jaime has to start coming to terms with how drastically and irrevocably everything in his world has changed—political arrangements, his personal life, everything. He knew his sister was capable of big plays, but this is another level. And Cersei’s look back to him… well, he’s probably always known that she was in charge in their relationship. Now he really knows it.
Benioff and Weiss also teased that a Cersei without her children is a more malicious person.
“Cersei has certainly done a lot of horrible things in her life and she could be a very cruel person, but the one thing that was redemptive about her was she genuinely loved her children. Now they’re all gone, and I think that is very interesting for us. Who is she, without her children? The answer is something you’ll find out about next season.”
Yet Cersei isn’t the big bad of the upcoming season, or even the series at large. The Night’s King is the real threat, and the showrunners couldn’t really compare him to any of the show’s previous villains.
We don’t think of The Night King as a villain as much as Death. He is not someone who’s like Joffrey or Ramsay. He’s not really human anymore. Evil comes when you have a choice between that and good, and you choose the wrong way. The Night King doesn’t have a choice; he was created in that way, and that’s what he is. In some ways, he’s just Death, coming for everyone in the story, and for all of us…. In some ways, it’s appropriate he doesn’t speak. What’s Death going to say? Anything would diminish him. He’s just a force of destruction. I don’t think we’ve ever been tempted to write dialogue for The Night King. Anything he said would be anticlimactic.
The two also were quiet on the Night’s King getting over the wall, but agreed that we wall isn’t just ‘a wall.’ We can speculate, but for now we’ll just have to wait to see what that might mean. The showrunners then moved on to fan favorites, and presumed main characters Dany and Jon, but also kept fairly quiet and cryptic.
The question (is) whether an honorable man can overcome dishonorable enemies. As E.O. Wilson wrote, ‘Within a group, selfish individuals always win. But in contests between groups, groups of altruists always beat groups of selfish individuals.’ So Jon Snow better hope this is a contest between groups.
Her sense of destiny makes her a compelling, charismatic leader, a messianic figure for multitudes. She has arguably the cleverest advisor on the planet in Tyrion Lannister. She has three dragons, an army of Unsullied, and a great Dothraki horde. What could possibly go wrong?
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Game of Thrones will return Summer 2017.