As diehard Game of Thrones fans, we know you’ve all been anxiously awaiting a return to Westeros. Unfortunately, we still have a ways to go until we reunite with the likes of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targeryen, and Tyrion Lannister.
In the meantime, it looks as if filming is just about complete for season seven. Now that the cast has a bit more free time on their hands, they’ve been teasing an absolutely amazing collection of episodes and reflecting on the not-too-far-off-in-the-distance end of Game of Thrones.
Liam Cunningham, who plays the honorable Ser Davos, had this to say to Mashable: “I know we’re all feeling [the anxiety] on set…we’re one [season] ahead of you – and we’re now in the position where it must be like trying to get off drugs. We’re easing ourselves off drugs gently, our drug is the show.”
Cunningham also explained how the show’s looming end is impacting the vibe on set. “We know we’re coming to an end, and what we’ve been filming in season seven – without giving anything away – things are coming to a head… It can be, occasionally, a little odd on set,” he said.
Jacob Anderson, who plays the dutiful Grey Worm, added to Cunningham’s sentiment: “It doesn’t feel like a panic, but I’m panicked for people. I think… You can feel things are coming to a close. It’s all getting a bit much. The show’s kind of like a pressure cooker… It’s just absolute chaos.”
The good news for fans is that it sounds as if season seven is shaping up to be a game-changer. The bad news is that there will only be seven episodes (and season six may be even shorter). Anderson says he’s amazed at how showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have managed to complete everything on a compressed schedule.
“I’m just in awe of how everybody’s managing to fit as much as there is into seven episodes, because it doesn’t necessarily feel like a normal season, it feels bigger.”
Alfie Allen, who plays Theon Greyjoy, is one of the few actors still alive from the first episode. As such, he has a unique perspective as this journey starts its final leg.
“In terms of the pace of [the season], it’s been pretty much the same, but there’s definitely a feeling of… ‘It’s coming to an end.’ It’s kind of crazy. It’s sad for us because we’re not going to get to hang out as much.” What a nice guy!
But it wasn’t all morbid reflection about the end of an era. Allen was sure to hype the upcoming season, saying, “It’s gonna be a crazy season. It’s definitely going to blow a lot of people’s minds.”
Game of Thrones Season 7
- Release Date: Summer, 2017 (June 25, if this leak is to be believed)
- Directors: Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod, Matt Shakman
- Cast: Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Conleth Hill, Rory McCain, Sophie Turner