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What do you need to know about the seventh season of "Games of Thrones"?

    July 16, 2017 - Day X for fans of the "Game of Thrones" series. The seventh season, which, according to rumors, will be the penultimate, starts this day. The HBO channel keeps everything in strict secrecy - but we already know some details of the plot and filming.

    Kit Harington as Jon Snow

    Shooting

    Shootings of the new season ended in February 2017. They took place in locations around the world - in the Canary Islands, Irish Belfast, Iceland and Croatia, as well as in the Spanish region of Galicia, which due to the presence of medieval castles, the ocean and spectacular rocks perfectly suited the series. It is curious that the shooting took place in several places at once - from two to four shooting groups worked over the series at the same time, and the number of people in one group can reach 500-700 people. Producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss told that there were three teams of specialists working at once over the seventh season - the new season promises to be epic, like never before. As proof of this, the next news: "the dragons" of Deyeneris Targarien will grow up in the seventh seasons. David Benioff admitted that they will become the size of a passenger aircraft DC-9, whose length is about 50 meters.

    Shooting of the seventh season (Canary Islands, October 2016)

    Plot

    Traditionally, all the producers of the "Game of Thrones" series are kept in strict secrecy - the HBO channel has not yet made any official statement about the details of the plot. The author of "The Song of Ice and Flame" saga, on which the series were based, George Martin has got us intrigued too. As you know, the seventh season is not based on a full book, but on Martin's drafts, which are not yet finished - the writer admitted that the texts in these drafts are "harder than ever" and the audience is waiting for the finale, which the "Game of Thrones" has never had. Also George Martin has tipped the media that Stark family would finally reunite in Game of Thrones Season 7.

    The fi rst details of the plot can be guessed from the poster in which you can see the ice and the flame of fire - apparently for the first time since the series's existence, the ice and flame declared in the title of Martin's book will converge, and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clark) together with her Dragons cross the sea and move out on Västerås, where she sought all six seasons. Also, according to rumors, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen will meet in the seventh season for the first time, and this w ill undoubtedly be the most epic meeting of the "Game of Thrones" series.

     

    Actors

    This year there will be a guest star - British musician Ed Sheeran. As it turned out, the producers have lo ng dreamed of inviting Sheeran because of the actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, one of the leading female characters. She is a big fan of the musician. "We tried to get Ed Sheeran for years for the TV series to please Maisie, and this year we finally got him". Who does 26-year-old winner of two awards "Grammy" play in it is still unknown.  For the first time in the "Game of Thrones" there will be an Oscar-winning British actor, Jim Broadbent, known for "Moulin Rouge", "Bridget Jones Diary" and "Cloud Atlas".

    Ed Sheeran

    Another new "face" in the coming season is Conor McGregor, an Irish soldier of mixed martial arts, a world champion, a participant in the ranking of the best fighters in the world. According to rumors, McGregor will play one of the pirates.

    Conan McGregor

    As for the already familiar faces, the fans can sleep peacefully - all the leading actors will return in the seventh season. This is American actor Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), star of Danish and German cinema Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), British actress Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), favorite of female audience Kit Harington (Jon Snow), and English actress Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), which the other day became the face of the Dolce & Gabbana perfume. All leading actors in the new season raised the fee - instead of $ 300,000 per episode, they will receive 500,000.

    Shooting of the seventh season (Canary Islands, October 2016)

    Budget

    One of the most important news is that the seventh season has been greatly reduced. Instead of ten there will be only seven episodes in it. There are two reasons for this. The first is the lack of material: the fact is that the seventh season is no longer based on the books of George Martin, but on drafts - in particular, on rough drafts to the unfinished book "The Wind of Winter", which Martin promises to finish this year. The second reason - the budget: the producers decided to outdo themselves and make the seventh season the most spectacular for the entire existence of the series. The budget of each series has increased almost by one and a half times - if earlier it was $ 10 million, now - 14. The increase in the budget also forced the producers to reduce the number of series. "Seventh season is very ambitious," says Kith Harington, the performer of the role of Jon Snow. "This year there will be less episodes, but more money were spent. So everything will be as big as ever! "

    When is "The Game of Thrones" final?

    All the performers of the main roles signed a contract for the eighth season, which, according to the hints of the producers, should be the last. "I do not think that the show should last forever simply because it can." We can not milk this story forever, it will someday kill the show, so we want to end at the peak, "says producer David Benioff. David Benioff and Dan Weiss began work on the series 10 years ago and do not hide that they are tired of the "Game of Thrones" and want to return to their main occupation - writing scripts. At the same time, the producers of the HBO channel, which show "The Game of Thrones", have repeatedly said that they want to extend the series up to season 10.

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