Game of Thrones Season 7 may have fewer episodes, but that doesn’t mean the production will have an easier time. The show is taking the same amount of time it takes to produce seven episodes than when it is making 10 for Seasons 1 to 6. That’s not hard to believe considering the cinematic effects, multiple locations, and costume changes the production has to go through.
Typically, the award-winning HBO fantasy series runs for 10 episodes from July to December. For Season 7, the show will only have seven episodes for airing this summer. This means that the team is spending five months to produce seven episodes compared to the 8-to-10-day episode production of typical dramas.
Game of Thrones Season 7 cannot have more episodes
When the show premiered in 2011, fans cajoled the production team to develop more than 10 episodes per season. But showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss explained that they cannot do this because Game of Thrones Season 7 is so labor intensive that it takes an entire year to produce it. The series has to shoot in multiple locations and go under several post-production visual effects, too.
Even doing 10 episodes per season is “exceedingly difficult.” And because there is so much at stake with producing a series with a cult following like GoT, it’s only natural for the team to want to spend as much time on each episode as possible. Given that there are only seven episodes for Season 7, it is expected that the effects will be grander than ever.
The production team is taking advantage of the cut in number of episodes. Instead of premiering it earlier than summer, they are taking the series to a far better place than the last six seasons.
The wait is worth it for fans
Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont) said in an interview that the wait for Season 7 will be worth it. Since there are 15 more hours left for Game of Thrones, the production is making sure that things will be put in a grander scale. The world of GoT is “getting more and more extraordinary,” he added.
Game of Thrones Season 7 is expected to premiere this summer of 2017. It will run for seven episodes, and is expected to answer the age-old question of who Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) really is.
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