Fans of Game of Thrones are in for a treat since it will be returning with the longest season premiere since its pilot episode.
The first episode for the seventh season will clock in at 59 minutes, that is three minutes shy of the pilot which had a run time of 62 minutes. There are also hints that despite the new season having only seven episodes, each one may be longer than usual.
The stars of the show have previously talked about getting a much bigger workload than what they are used to in previous seasons. "When I first read this season I thought: 'Damn, I gotta learn some lines!'" says Emilia Clarke who plays Daenerys Targaryen “We’re actually filming longer now. I don’t know how that’s happening.”
Her co-star Peter Dinklage who portrays her right-hand man, Tyrion Lannister is equally perplexed by the longer work hours. “I’ve worked more days this season than I have in quite some time,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
We may also expect the pacing of the series to be much faster in the upcoming season.
"I feel like I'd been lulled into a different pace," says Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who plays Jaimie Lannister. "Everything happened quicker than I'm used to. A lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode."
Game of Thrones is notorious for taking its time in setting up a pivotal event. So much so that we are often treated to quiet episodes, which is one of the few sore spots of the acclaimed series. I guess we won't be having that problem anymore.
But showrunner DB Weiss has said that the heavier workload for the actors may be due to the fact that the ensemble cast has shrunk over the years. "You kill a couple dozen characters, the people who are left by default need to carry more dramatic weight," he said. Kit Harington who plays Jon Snow concurs. “Everyone gets a bigger slice of the pie.”
Game of Thrones Seasons 7 will air on HBO on July 17.