Is It Better That Game of Thrones Season Seven Has Fewer Episodes?
One main actor thinks so.
BY matt miller | Jan 4, 2017 | Film & TV
Less is more, as they say, but how does that apply to epic fantasy series that span thousands of book pages and dozens of TV episode hours? With Game of Thrones, the appeal is the depth—hundreds of characters with family histories spanning hundreds of years and genealogies that are written for generations. Author George R.R. Martin created an entire world with the intention of taking his time to write about it.
While we're still waiting on when—and if ever—George R.R. Martin finishes the Song of Ice and Fire series, the Emmy-winning HBO drama Game of Thrones has moved past the books to air its final two seasons in 2017 and 18. But while there's still much more of the story to tell, the seventh season, due out next year, will have only seven episodes instead of the usual 10. And while that seems like fans are getting cheated three precious hours of GoT, actor Iain Glen, who plays Ser Jorah Mormont, says this is a good thing.
"They are taking the length of time it takes to shoot 10 episodes to shoot just seven this year and six next year," he told Radio Times. "There are 15 more hours left in Thrones as we understand it… but that's as far as we know. I think the scale and size of the set pieces, the world that is being created, it's just getting more and more extraordinary and they feel they need that time to shoot seven hours as opposed to 10."
While that's certainly an optimistic way of looking at it, a series of this caliber needs as much time as possible to unfold. Though, more dragons are always nice.
Radio Times also asked if his character—who is currently suffering from some disgusting incurable disease—will live through the final episode.
"I don't know, of course, if I am going to make the last one. I am sort of doing a head count, but I think it's certainly under 10 people who were in the original pilot and have been in every season since," he said. "I have grown very attached to it. I love the people involved. Dan and David are very benign showrunners and very good people."
Don't get your hopes up, Glen.