So Many People Are Dying on 'Game of Thrones' That Tyrion and Dany Finally Have More Screen Time

"Damn, I gotta learn some lines!"

The upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones (opens in new tab)Game of Thrones (opens in new tab) will be different in some notable ways. Most glaringly, it will have fewer episodes than previous seasons (just seven, as opposed to the typical 10).

The Game of Thrones actors are also noticing some differences—like to their workload. You might think that with fewer episodes, the actors would have an lighter workload, but the opposite has actually been true.

"When I first read this season I thought: 'Damn, I gotta learn some lines!'" Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen told Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab). "We're actually filming longer now. I don't know how that's happening."

Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion, agreed. "I've worked more days this season than I have in quite some time."

How can that be, you ask? Well, for starters, it's Game of Thrones and that means a lot of deaths. Several characters died at the end of Season 6 (and, let's be honest, there are probably more on the way in Season 7).

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

The other big factor? The characters in the GoT world are finally starting to meet each other. Where previous seasons required flashing around to different ends of the globe to tell characters' stories, now, more and more of those characters are joining up and that means more screen time in one place.

"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. "Every since Tyrion crossed the Narrow Sea and met Dany that's been the general direction. And having them on set together is a real privilege for us."

It's a privilege for fans too—or it will be, anyway, as soon as July 16 rolls around.

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Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.