Winter is upon us and even Kit Harington and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said the faster-paced Game of Thrones season 7 has shocked them.
Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister in the HBO hit series, said that the events that will happen in Game of Thrones season 7 has taken him by surprise, mainly because he didn’t expect them to happen so soon.
“I’m like, ‘Already? Now?! What?!” Coster-Waldau told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow/ Targaryen in the show, says that the seventh season is really different from the previous seasons.
“This season is really different than any other season because it’s accelerating toward the end,” he said. “A lot of stuff collides and happens much much quicker than you’re used to seeing on Thrones.”
Meanwhile, showrunners say the quick-paced season 7 isn’t just because they’re trying to tie all loose ends in a span of two seasons.
“For a long time we’ve been talking about ‘the wars to come,’” show producer David Benioff explained. “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.”
Considering where the show left us in season 6 – Daenerys finally sailing towards Westeros, Cersei ascending to the Iron Throne and Jon Snow and Sansa Stark taking back the North — it would be quite a disappointment, really, if producers still applied the same pace that they did the past few seasons. Especially because fans only have about 15 episodes left before Game of Thrones ends. *Tears*