Game of Thrones actors tease faster pace for Season 7

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May 24, 2017, 12:55 PM EDT (Updated)

When Game of Thrones returns for a hotly anticipated seventh season this coming July, things are going to move at a much faster pace than what we’ve been used to since the HBO fantasy series debuted in 2011.

That’s what Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) told Entertainment Weekly in a recent article. When he read the scripts for Season 7, Coster-Waldau’s reaction was: “I’m like, ‘Already? Now?! What?!’ 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.”

Well, with only seven episodes this year and the show wrapping up its storyline in 2018, things HAVE to move pretty fast. After all, Winter IS Here and so are the Night’s King and his White Walkers! Here’s what Kit Harington had to say: “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.”

Game of Thrones showrunner Dan Weiss explained that: “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.”

With Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) having finally crossed the Narrow Sea to land in Westeros in a bid to take the Iron Throne, things are bound to get pretty brutal, if we base ourselves off of that stunning new image of Dany riding a massive Drogon, who’ll be “the size of 747s.”

What do you think about the storyline picking up steam? Game of Thrones returns on July 16.

(via EW)