Game of Throne‘s Season 7 debut is just over a week away and with that a winding down of the full slew of HBO shows involving the kingdom of Westeros. Kit Harington spoke with Entertainment Weekly on how things will go down when it comes to Jon Snow’s changing relationship with Sansa Stark. Also, Maisie Williams talks about Arya’s future in the final seasons.
Will Sansa Stark Muscle In On Jon Snow?
Kit discussed the rising tension between his character and Sansa. She saved his neck in Season 7 and now Harington described how there will be a power struggle between the two as Jon Snow refuses to listen to her and she questions his command abilities. It’s the same as always, but now with Game of Thrones Season 7, there is a rise in tension. The situation escalates so much that it becomes more than just sibling rivalry.
“There is definite tension between them right from the first scene. There are the same problems — she questions his decisions and command; he doesn’t listen to her. But as far as where that goes or takes them or how dark it can get, we’ll see. It gets past sibling squabbling, it gets into two people power struggling.”
Nearing the end of Season 7, Little Finger/Petyr Baelish has been attempting to influence Sansa Stark into garnering power in the north. Since she’s pure blood Stark, it would only make sense to push Jon Snow out of the equation, at least from Little Finger’s perspective. She could wind up following her father’s legacy as his bloodline would allow her to rule under the Stark regime.
Harington continued, citing the fact that Snow is more sure of himself and knows what he’s talking about. He’s obviously changed and Kit finds it to be a pleasant change.
“It’s a nice change for me this season, he talks more, he’s more sure of himself.”
He also explained there was a time Jon wasn’t so sure of himself, but now that has changed for the better. This makes sense considering he witnessed unnatural beings beyond the wall, the White Walkers. He had seen these beastly characters in action and knows full well what they’re capable of. He obviously knows there are bigger fish to fry beyond just establishing conquered areas of Westeros.
“He doesn’t just know what he’s got to do but he’s more sure of what he’s saying — whereas before there was always some fear and doubt. I’ve gotten to enjoy not just grunting.”
Also, Kit Harington mentioned in the past that with the thinning of the herd comes more screen time for the remaining actors, especially with longer episode times in Season 7 (finale) and 8. He also mentioned that with the longer episodes come a “bigger piece of the pie” for the characters as the previous shows were trudging right along. Now comes a time where there is the thriller aspect to it and Kit finds it highly exciting as this sets a precedence for a climax.
“Everyone gets a bigger slice of the pie,” he notes. “Everybody is left is left with more stuff to do. This season is really different than any other season because of the fewer episodes and everything accelerating toward the end. A lot of stuff collides and happens much much quicker than you’re used to seeing on Thrones— it was a plodding slow machine and it’s now turning into a thriller. It’s quite exciting how it ramps up speeds up toward a dangerous climax.”
A Hope For Togetherness With The Starks
Maisie Williams spoke with Time regarding what she knew of Arya’s future. Of course, she said she had only known “marginally more than viewers at home.” She spoke on the avoidance of leaking information by means of minimizing the distribution of the script information. When asked about what she had thought when it came to the future of Arya Stark, she was hopeful she and the rest of the Starks will be able to work together.
Of course, considering the aforementioned Sansa/Snow tension, that remains to be seen.
Game of Thrones Season 7’s debut date is July 16.
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