Brace yourself, winter is already here. And several Game of Thrones actors are promising a stunning season 7 in only seven episodes.
Some hardcore Game of Thrones fans may have been disheartened that Season 7 is only seven episodes long. But many of the show’s prominent actors say it’s a good thing. This season’s pacing will have fans on the edge of their seats as we brace ourselves for the beginning of the end.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldeu says this season is unlike any of the previous six. “I feel like I’d been lulled into a different pace,” he says, “A lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode.”
That’s because the world these characters live in is also rapidly changing, as showrunner Dan Weiss says. “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.”
We already know Thrones is done after season 8, so like actor Kit Harington says, “It’s accelerating toward the end.” As of right now, we don’t know what that end point could be. The hope is the world won’t be overcome by White Walkers and at least someone who’s capable will be on the Iron Throne. But, like many of the bloody battles we saw in Season 6, conflict is sure to arise much quicker this time around. “A lot of stuff collides and happens much much quicker than you’re used to seeing on Thrones,” says Harington.
And speaking of the White Walkers, HBO released this 12 second, soundless promo featuring the Night King. It’s actually pretty chilling since there’s only a bit of ambient noise. There’s one ice blue eye that stares directly into our souls as barely half of the King’s face comes into frame. It’s safe to assume that winter is indeed here.
Game of Thrones season 7 premieres on July 16, 9 p.m. eastern on HBO. We’re sure that date is already burned into your memories, (it is in ours), but we thought we’d remind you just one more time.