‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Says to Expect a Much Faster Pace of Storytelling in Season 7

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The Game of Thrones season 7 premiere will be here before you know it and we are fully beginning to prepare ourselves for what is sure to be a rollercoaster ride of a season!

Over the past couple of days, HBO has released brand new photos and a new, eerie poster, teasing us of some major conflict afoot in season 7.  In addition to these awesome images, on Tuesday, we also received some insight into what fans can expect from the upcoming season.

Entertainment Weekly spoke with some members of the cast as well as the creators of the series.  First and foremost, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who plays Jamie Lannister) told EW he was shocked after reading the season 7 scripts.  His initial response after reading them was, “Already? Now?! What?!”

Coster-Waldau continued:

“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.”

Wait, what?  While I absolutely love Game of Thrones, one of my biggest complaints about he series is that it does have a tendency to drag on.  No, not dragon but drag on and on and on.  Now, I understand and agree that it can’t be all action all the time and I appreciate the story telling and development but, past seasons have definitely felt as if they were a little slow to the pick up.

Kit Harington (who plays Jon Snow) echoed Coster-Waldau’s sentiments of a quicker pace:

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.”

Quite exciting, indeed though, some fans may be concerned that the pace is picking up and accelerating because the creators are in a rush to get to the end.  Rest assured, that doesn’t appear to be true.  Show-runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff say, that’s not the case at all.

Weiss explained:

“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 further clarified:

“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.”

So, we can look forward to awesome action and the epic storytelling we’ve come to know and love from Game of Thrones but just with less fluffy backstory getting in the way.  Sounds good to us!

How do you feel about a Game of Thrones season with a quicker pace?  Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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