How are they going to pull that off? John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tarley on "Game of Thrones," seems to have asked himself that question when reading scripts for Season 7. The 2017 season only has seven episodes, as opposed to the usual 10, but Bradley told Digital Spy those seven will have more spectacle than ever, with sequences that he's convinced are "unfilmable."
"But you find that every year. You read it and you think, 'They've really stitched themselves up here, because there's no way they can get this on screen.' And then 10 months later, there it is!"
Season 7 is the penultimate season, with Season 8 also expected to be shorter than usual, and the actors have all talked about how the story is building toward its conclusion. Everything is ramping up for the end, so we won't be surprised to see big, spectacular sequences like the battle of Hardhome, but also with dragons, since Daenerys Targaryen was last seen bringing her three kids across the Narrow Sea.
We know the story will soon end, but we don't know exactly how it will turn out. Bradley took a very Sam-like philosophical stance on the matter, telling Digital Spy:
"It's interesting thinking about the end of 'Game of Thrones.' Because we don't know how it ends. We don't know who wins or who loses. We've got no idea what kind of story we're telling. We don't know if it's an indictment of how bad people can triumph if good men do nothing, or a redemptive story about good triumphing over evil. We just don't know, so that mystery has fed in to everything we've done so far."
All we really know is that "Game of Thrones" is based on George R.R. Martin's series called "A Song of Ice and Fire," which hints to it being Jon + Dany's combined story; Martin has said the ending he has planned for the series is "bittersweet," and reminiscent of "The Lord of the Rings."
Season 7 is expected to finish filming in February for a premiere this summer.
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