Believe it or not, less is giving us more in "Game of Thrones" Season 7.

There are only seven episodes in the upcoming season, down from its usual 10, but we'll see more of the show's stars, EW reports. Although that might sound counterintuitive, there are two reasons why that's the case, as showrunner Dan Weiss explained.

The first is simply the fact that there are fewer stars on the show than there were in the past. As painful as the myriad deaths have been over the years, they've allowed the show narrow its focus to a smaller number of key players.

"You kill a couple dozen characters, the people who are left by default need to carry more dramatic weight," Weiss told EW.

On top of that, the characters won't be flung all around the Seven Kingdoms as they have been in the past. Their stories are increasingly colliding, so we'll see more scenes in which major characters interact than we have in the past.

"As the worlds start to converge the characters who haven't met each other before start to meet each other and there are more main characters together in each other's storylines than ever before," Weiss said.

The increase in screen time has meant more work for the actors. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) said her first thought upon seeing the scripts was, "Damn, I gotta learn some lines."

Meanwhile, Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) also noticed the uptick, saying he has worked more days than he has in "quite some time."

Suddenly, seven episodes doesn't sound so bad, does it?

[via: EW]

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HBOTVMAApril 17, 2011
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