Winter is here! Entertainment Weekly pulls back the veil on HBO’s ultra-mysterious seventh season of Game of Thrones and stages a reunion of the surviving Starks.
Separated on the hit series since the very first episode, we brought together Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Sansa (Sophie Turner), Arya (Maisie Williams), and Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) for five collectible covers.
Inside the issue, we journey to Northern Ireland and Spain to get the scoop on this summer’s eagerly awaited seven new episodes — the show’s fastest-paced and most lavishly produced season yet. The Thrones team, led by showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, spent just as many months to create seven episodes as they typically spend making 10.
“I know you probably get sick of hearing us say this, we say it every year, but everybody steps up their game this season,” Benioff says. “It’s kind of astounding to us. In every department, from the acting to the effects, everybody constantly improves.”
Expect massive dragons and even bigger battles (on sea and land). But the aspect that will have fans buzzing the most is who meets who this season. For the first time in the show’s history, all the main characters will be in Westeros — and most of them are itching to kill each other.
“What’s most exciting this season is being able to play interactions between various characters that for years we haven’t been able to play,” Weiss teases.
Put another way: Once Dany and her dragons disembark in Lannister-controlled Westeros the only logical outcome is all hell breaking loose — and it does.
“Dany in Westeros makes Game of Thrones a new show,” co-executive producer Bryan Cogman declares. “It has this amazing ripple effect throughout every storyline that’s very exciting to explore. There’s a pace and urgency that’s very palpable. This is the end game.”
Kit Harington Already Died Once
He’s the face of television’s most obsessed-over show. His hair alone has more fans than most actors. But as Game of Thrones enters its second-to-last season, Harington faces a dilemma: To enter the next phase of his career, must he leave Jon Snow behind?
Kit Harington has bobbleheads on the brain. “I have to approve a new one every day,” he says. “I’m not joking. I’m asked, ‘Are you happy with how this looks?’ I’m like, ‘It’s a fucking bobblehead—what do you want me to say?’ ”
To be fair to the product designers, capturing in plastic the hirsute attributes that have become the obsession of Harington’s many millions of fans probably requires a level of attention reserved for conservators at the Louvre. And soon they’ll no longer have a live model: Harington is counting down the days until he can get a proper shave and a haircut. The time, as it happens, has nearly come: He has one last shoot day for the seventh and penultimate season of Game of Thrones, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. For now, the scruffy face of one of pop culture’s defining franchises is sitting across from me in a back booth at a restaurant in New York’s East Village. He arrived smelling faintly of a freshly smoked cigarette and wearing celebrity camouflage: thick-frame glasses and a baseball cap, which is doing its meager best to contain his unruly jet-black mop.
The hair will soon disappear, along with, in 2018, the show that made Harington famous. But what will live on is the outsized, tormented spirit of Jon Snow, the frostbitten hero he’s played for the better part of a decade: the brooding bastard prince who’s lost everyone closest to him; who was stabbed to death at the end of season five and then resurrected in season six; and who will confront the possible annihilation of every living thing in season seven.
Harington understands that his likeness will be mass-produced and hawked while the suits still have the chance to make a buck. But time is running out. “Without saying whether I make it to the last season,” he says, despite widespread reports that HBO extended his contract at $1.1 million per episode through the final thirteen episodes—seven this season, six in the next—”we’ve been trying to say goodbye to the show this year.” That means saying goodbye to Jon Snow, too.
HBO finally unveiled the poster for Game of Thrones season 7 today! The key art for the new season leaves no doubt that petty family wars have been cast aside; there is only the Great War now, with the Night King staring us all down as winter arrives.
In addition to the regular poster, HBO has created an unsettling moving version of the poster:
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) 23 de maio de 2017
Source: Watchers on the Wall
We may not have a trailer just yet, but last month we did get fifteen promotional pictures to tide us over in the meanwhile. And now another batch of them comes… And this one includes a screen-cap from the show itself, with special effects included!
If you want to look at the rest of the photos, go check EW, as per their request.
The photos from the set are nice and all, of course, especially Arya, who doesn’t appear to be in the south. She could still be in the Riverlands, or perhaps in the North. Nevertheless, there is nothing quite like that fully-realized image of Daenerys mounted on Drogon, who seems to be many times larger than last we saw him. And they’re in the middle of a fiery battlefield! There’s less than two months for the return of Game of Thrones, and the hype machine is now working in full force!
Frequently, the most unexpected correspondences can lead us onto new paths. Xavier Dolan, the French-Canadian director of such films as Mommy, Laurence Anyways and Tom at the Farm, is exploring such a correspondence with his first English-language feature, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. It was also an unexpected chain of messages with Dolan that put Collider on a plane to London to view a few days of intense emotional scenes lensed by Dolan in the English countryside and London alleyways. I got a rare chance as a journalist to sit next to an Award-winning director as he directed Award-winning actors and view, firsthand, his level of precision in framing both the picture and the emotional reactions of Natalie Portman and Jacob Tremblay.
We’ll have much more about the production of the film, including a lengthy conversation with Dolan and members of the cast, in due time. But at this current moment we’re excited to debut the first images of scenes and behind-the-scenes pictures from the film and give some extra context to the characters that the actors are playing.
While the film boasts a starry ensemble, few share scenes together. This made it easier to get talent when they were needed, but it also has made for a lengthy production process in multiple locations, spanning a year and a half shoot. Yet, that process also allowed for Dolan to take breaks and edit the film in between the next shoot. The official synopsis for the film is as follows: A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he once shared with the former, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.
Check out this first look at Kit Harington starring in BBC drama Gunpowder.
He plays Robert Catesby, the 30 year-old Warwickshire gentleman who was the driving force behind the gunpowder plot, alongside Peter Mullan as Father Garnet, Mark Gatiss as the Spymaster Robert Cecil and Liv Tyler as Ann Vaux.
It is produced for BBC One by Kudos in association with Thriker Films.
Source: Drama Quarterly
HBO released today 15 promotional images from season 7, you can view all of them on Watchers on the Wall.
Kit attended The Olivier Awards 2017 today with Rose Leslie, who presented the award for Best Costume Design. Visit our gallery for more pictures: