Following the new Game of Thrones Season 7 photos that debuted yesterday, HBO has unveiled a chilling new motion poster for this highly-anticipated season, which teases the villain all of Westeros will ultimately have to fear, the Night's King. With less than two months left until the show debuts, fans are still waiting for another new trailer, but while we wait, showrunners and series creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff shed some new light on this season. Among the many changes from previous seasons, the showrunners tease that fans will be surprised by the quicker pace.
It has long since been confirmed that Game of Thrones Season 7 will be a bit shorter than its predecessors, spanning just seven episodes instead of the traditional 10, with the eighth and final season reduced to just six episodes. With all of the characters in place for what should be an epic war for the Iron Throne, the pace for this season will be much quicker. Entertainment Weekly caught up with several of the stars, including Kit Harington, who revealed that this season will be so much different than what fans are used to.
"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."
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau added that, "a lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode" in this truncated run. Fans may also think that the quicker pace is due to the shortened season, but showrunner D.B. Weiss added that the pace is quicker because the massive war these characters have been preparing for is finally here. Here's what the showrunner had to say.
"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."
The end of Game of Thrones Season 6 brought all of the major players back to Westeros for this final war to take place. Daenerys Targaryen set sail with her massive fleet in the Season 6 finale, and it is rumored that she will make Dragonstone, which hasn't been seen since Season 3, her base of operations to start her quest for the Iron Throne. The Season 6 finale also set up a potential Stark family reunion, with Arya (Maisie Williams) showing up in disguise to kill Walder Frey (David Bradley), one of the many names on her kill list, after spending the past two seasons in Braavos, studying with Jaquen H'gar (Tom Wlaschiha). After spending the past few seasons north of The Wall, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was lead to The Wall by the long-missing Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle), who hadn't been seen since Season 1, and, after helping purge the Bolton's from Winterfell, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was named King of the North, with Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) by his side. When asked about this coming war, David Benioff had this to say.
"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."
Co-producer Bryan Cogman adds that the story "goes where it needs to go," once the White Walkers and Daenerys' dragons "start to come together." We got a brief glimpse of one dragon in battle with the photos released yesterday, but it isn't quite clear who the enemy is in this image. Take a look at the new motion poster for Game of Thrones Season 7, which debuts Sunday, July 16 at 9 PM ET on HBO.