7 Insights from the Season 7 Red Carpet Premiere

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Winter hit Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 12. The Game of Thrones cast and crew celebrated the red carpet premiere of Season 7 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The event's attendees chatted with Making Game of Thrones, sharing what fans should be most excited about. Here are seven things to expect from Season 7:

1. Pieces Coming Together

Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, teased Season 7: “Everyone is congregating together a bit more this season. Alliances are forming. Everyone is teaming up against the greater threat.” Indira Vargas, who plays Ellaria Sand, agreed: “[Series creators] Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] have sifted out other characters. It’s become more concentrated. Characters are meeting who have never met before.” Jerome Flynn, who plays Bronn, summed it up: “It’s seven years worth of backstories coming to a climax.”

2. Accelerated Pacing

The result of all the convergence? “Momentum has really kicked into gear,” Nathalie Emmanuel, the actor behind Missandei, explained. “Season 7 is much, much faster,” revealed the man behind Jon Snow, Kit Harington. “When I read it, it was a drastically different season of Thrones than I’ve ever seen on paper.”

3. Cinematic Scope

When it came to the production value of Season 7, the cast promised the series will not disappoint. “We spent the same amount of time shooting seven episodes that we did 10 [in past years,] explains Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth. “It doesn’t mean slowing down, it’s incredibly cinematic this year —  think of it as cinema for your living room.” The actor behind Brienne of Tarth, Gwendoline Christie, agreed, calling the premiere episode “exquisitely beautiful.”

4. Continued Surprises

“How do you surprise people who are expecting to be surprised?” Mused John Bradley, who portrays Samwell Tarly. “Season 7 is more of the same, but in a way fans won’t expect. I think this year we’ve managed it better than ever.”

5. A Focus on Relationships

Gwendoline Christie called the premiere episode “an astounding piece of work.” She attributes the powerful hour to the focus on the story. “There’s these incredible moments of action, but it really is about investigating human relationships,” Christie said.

6. Record-Breaking Battles

Cunningham promises “more complicated” battles in Season 7, a sentiment echoed by newcomer Tom Hopper, who is playing Dickon Tarly. “What they’re doing this season now is pretty unbelievable,” exclaimed Hopper. “This season is breaking records left, right and center.”

7. The Beginning of the End

“We’re getting to the last 13 episodes,” said Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who portrays Jaime Lannister. “it’s all coming to an end. The story is ending.” Despite things winding down, Iain Glenn, the actor behind Ser Jorah Mormont, explained how the story is effecting the scope: "The scale keeps getting bigger and bigger."

Season 7 premieres on July 16 at 9pm EST on HBO.

Reporting by Ashley Morton and Katie M. Lucas