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Game of Thrones has but 13 episodes left, with the first seven coming this summer. Fortunately Season 7, coming July 16, is gonna move fast, with the pace being "so different than what everybody is used to," Kit Harington tells Entertainment Weekly. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau adds that he's “like, ‘Already? Now?! What?!'" and that "a lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode.”

Here's co-showrunner David Benioff getting into more detail with EW:

“For a long time we’ve been talking about ‘the wars to come.' Well, that war is pretty much here. So it’s really about trying to find a way to make the storytelling work without feeling like we’re rushing it—you still want to give characters their due, and pretty much all the characters that are now left are all important characters. Even the ones who might have started out as relatively minor characters have become significant in their own right.”

Co-executive producer Bryan Cogman puts it more simply: “There are White Walkers and dragons and once they start to come together the story has to go where it goes.” Recall that George R.R. Martin's source material novels are called A Song of Ice and Fire.

Last week actor Iain Glen told EW that Game of Thrones Season 7 marks "the best seven episodes they’ve ever written," with "no sense of treading water" and the drama and relationships being "as good as they have ever been."

Listen to the Back of the Class podcast get revved up for this summer's round of GoT at the 38-minute mark: