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'Game of Thrones' stars say Season 7 has faster pace

"It's so different than what everybody is used to," Kit Harington said. "It's quite exciting."

By Annie Martin
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'Game of Thrones' stars say Season 7 has faster pace
Kit Harington attends the Primetime Emmy Awards on September 8, 2016. The actor plays Jon Snow on "Game of Thrones." File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo

May 24 (UPI) -- Game of Thrones fans should expect Season 7 to have a faster pace.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kit Harington, who play Jamie Lannister and Jon Snow on the HBO series, said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the new season's events move "much quicker" than previous seasons.

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"I feel like I'd been lulled into a different pace," Coster-Waldau told the magazine. "Everything happened quicker than I'm used to ... a lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode."

"This season is really different than any other season because it's accelerating toward the end, a lot of stuff collides and happens much quicker than you're used to seeing on Thrones," Harington added. "It's so different than what everybody is used to. It's quite exciting."

Game of Thrones Season 7 will consist of seven episodes instead of the customary 10. Showrunner Dan Weiss denied the pace picked up because of the abbreviated season.

"Things are moving faster because in the world of these characters the war that they've been waiting for is upon them," he explained. "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."

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One such conflict is the impending threat of the Night's King and his White Walkers on human civilization. Game of Thrones released a teaser Tuesday of the Night's King (Richard Brake) watching Jon Snow.

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Game of Thrones Season 7 will premiere July 16. The series co-stars Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark.

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