Winter is finally here and so is the seventh and penultimate season of Game of Thrones. With the new season, we have a lot of questions that needs to be answered.
So let’s get started with a few.
How many episodes will there be in season 7?
While all six seasons of Game of Thrones so far have had 10 episodes, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed last year that the final two seasons (7 and 8) will be shorter. Season 7 will have seven episodes and season 8 will have six – however fans fearing they’ll see less action don’t need to worry.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, told Entertainment Weekly earlier this year: “Everything happened quicker than I’m used to… a lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode.” The season 7 premiere will reportedly be 59 minutes long and the final episode of of this season is set to run for a whopping 81 minutes.
Why is this season airing later in the year?
For years we’ve been waiting for winter to come – and, finally, in season six it did. This means that filming has had to take place later in the year, leading the latest season to air a little later than its usual April start date.
Benioff and Weiss told the UFC Unfiltered podcast last year: “Winter is here – and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes any more. So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”
What can we expect from the new season?
Rumours have been swirling around the new season ever since last year’s finale, with fans assuming Daenerys will finally revisit Westeros, the Starks will reunite, and the White Walkers will keep pushing south. But will Daenerys meets Westeros’ most recent royal, Cersei? Will Jon Snow take on The Night King again? And will The Mountain finally fight The Hound?
Plus, with Ed Sheeran popping up in a cameo and Jim Broadbent taking on a “significant role”, there are a lot of new characters to root for (before they are inevitably killed off).