While fans are still catching up with the smashing finale of the Game of Thrones Season 6 as several key characters are now set on their path to fight for the Iron Throne, the showrunners revealed some of the key threads that will weave through Season 7.
Speaking with Deadline, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss talked about what to expect next year in Game of Thrones Season 7 and just how many more hours of the series are left.
?Not to give a frustrating answer but that?s what so much of next season is going to be about; finding out what Cersei?s mind-set is. Who is she?? Weiss said about the finale?s reveal that Cersei sits on the Iron Throne. ?While Cersei has certainly done a lot of horrible things in her life and she could be a very cruel person, the one thing that was redemptive about her was, she genuinely loved her children. Now they?re all gone, and I think that is very interesting for us.?
Weiss added, ?Who is she without her children? The answer is something you?ll find out next season. That?s so much of what is to come that I?ll just give it away if I start delving into it now.?
Fans of the series have already started comparing Cersei to the Mad King since she has done exactly what the Aerys II Targaryen had planned to do with his detractors in King?s Landing.
There are also speculations that now, her brother Jamie may finally leave her since she has shown as much cruelty as the Mad King which is the reason why he betrayed him in the first place.
Meanwhile, Benioff reiterated that the final two seasons will be broken up over 13 hours.
?It?s two more seasons we?re talking about. From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that?s what we?ll end up with. Call it 73 for now?,? he said.
?We?re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end. As Dan said, we?ve known the end for quite some time and we?re hurtling towards it. Those last images from the show that aired last night showed that Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros; Jon Snow is king of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them. The pieces are on the board now. Some of the pieces have been removed from the board and we are heading toward the end game.?
Emilia Clarke?s Daenerys finally set sail for Westeros along with her army and dragons and Clarke in an interview with Entertainment Weekly revealed much more about the upcoming season. “She’s got to sit on the Iron Throne for the ripple effect. She knows she can rule better than anybody else,” Clarke said.
With her dragons, ships and Dothraki army on her side, Clarke thinks Cersei, the newest claimant of the Iron Throne, doesn’t stand a chance. However, the only thing missing is Jorah. At the same time, the actress does not rule out the possibility of an unexpected twist in the storyline.
“But as with ‘Game of Thrones,’ you know when your character is looking good, that’s when you know you’re not safe. Because [the writers are] all, “Oh, do you like her? We’ll kill her!” Clarke said.
Clarke also addressed her rumoured encounter with Jon Snow, the new King in the North, but the actress said that she did not have much information. According to her, “rumours have never been substantiated within the ‘Game of Thrones’ circle.”
She said that anything is possible in Season 7. “So I don’t know. I could kill him. He could kill me. He could be dead before we even meet. I could be dead before we even meet. Arya could kill us both! You never know! Anything’s possible. All I know is winter is coming … and I’m bringing the heat!” Clarke added.
Production for the Game of Thrones Season 7 is set to begin this July to premiere next year.