– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I’m not gonna lie. I’m genuinely impressed that Game of Thrones took off the way it did. Yes, it’s a great, dramatic epic full of sex, betrayal, and dragons, and on those primal levels, it seems obvious that something like this would sell. That being said, the pacing for the first couple seasons is quite slow. Sure, you can expect something to happen in each episode, but given all the wandering threads, and the deliberate pacing, I’m just amazed that audiences have had the attention span for something like this.

However, if you’re someone who’s loved the show so far, but still take issue with the pace at which it moves, then you may love this new bit of news. Speaking with EW, a lot of the cast commented on how much faster paced Season 7 is for the show.

“I feel like I’d been lulled into a different pace,” actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister in the series, told the outlet. “Everything happened quicker than I’m used to … a lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode.”

He wasn’t alone. Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow, echoed his sentiments.

“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.”

There are many reasons for this being the case. The first reason is the reduced episode count of the season. With Season 7 only being made up of 7 episodes, every minute counts. It also can’t be forgotten that they’ve blown way past the books. As such, any potential filler moments are pretty much nonexistent. They’ve built the world, now they get to play in it.

This does concern me a bit. While the earlier seasons were able to pull from the rich world George R.R. Martin built, as time goes on, they’re getting further and further away. Is it possible that they may pull further away from the slower, more meditated character and world building aspects that made the series so successful? It’s possible. But we also have to remember that the entire show has been building to this point in some way or another. Things are bound to ramp up. I suppose that’s where the difficulty lies.

“For a long time we’ve been talking about ‘the wars to come,’” showrunner David Benioff told the outlet. “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.”

Are you excited to see a much faster-paced season? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.