Game of Thrones showrunners tease season 7

Game of Thrones heads David Benioff and D.B. Weiss dished out some details about the upcoming season in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Game of ThronesAhead of the seventh season’s premiere this month, more has been revealed about the story lines and the fates of some characters. Weiss mentioned that there will be some long anticipated reunions between characters whose paths have not crossed for years:

“To me what’s most exciting is being able to play interactions between various characters that for years we haven’t been able to play. There’s a whole bunch of reunions and first time meetings that people have been waiting for for a long time and when you put it on paper you just want to do justice to the work that these guys have done building these characters over so many years. You want to give them as much as you can.”

Weiss also confirmed that the events would be moving at a much faster pace this season:

Game of Thrones Dragon“The scope of the story naturally has increased season to season. That also probably feeds in a little bit into the pacing, that things are coming to a head and the war is here. It’s this urgency from within the story that drives the pace rather than any external decision. 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 them move faster.”

Game of Thrones S7Benioff added that, with so many story lines to wrap up, the scope will be very broad:

“When we thought about this penultimate season we thought it would ramp into the final season with less action and more conversations. And I think we told [executive producer Bernie Caulfield] that and then we started planning the actual season and started realizing all the conflicts that were about to occur.”

To illustrate this, they mentioned that they shot two big battle scenes this year. They added that this season would feature both one of the longest episodes of the show (two clocking in at more than an hour) and also one of the shortest. They haven’t confirmed when the final season will be airing but more news on that will surely be released in time.

Game of Thrones season 7 will premiere on July 16.