Emilia Clarke has complained of longer hours on this season of Game of Thrones.
The fantasy adaptation, now in its seventh season, promises to be more epic than ever as its mammoth budget is spread across fewer episodes. It has also left stars complaining about how much more work they've had to do.
Emilia Clarke, who plays mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen, said: "When I first read this season I thought, 'Damn, I gotta learn some lines!'
"We're actually filming longer now. I don't know how that's happening," the 30 year old actress moaned to Entertainment Weekly.
Peter Dinklage, who plays sharp-tongued dwarf Tyrion Lannister agreed with the Me Before You star: "I've worked more days this season than I have in quite some time."
Peter Dinklage and Clarke will have more screen-time together in the shorter season.
Danerys stands firm with her army behind her as this season is set to be more epic than ever.
We're actually filming longer now. I don't know how that's happening.
While it seems impossible that the show could squeeze in more air-time for its main characters with only seven hours, showrunner Dan Weiss reasoned it was an obvious development after the numerous deaths that occurred in season six and will likely keep coming this year.
He said: "You kill a couple dozen characters, the people who are left by default need to carry more dramatic weight," referring to the departure of major characters Iwan Rheon and Margaery Tyrell.
The writer also explained that the main characters will share more scenes this time around: "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 story lines than ever before.
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"Ever 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."
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One actor who seemed to be pleased with the change however was heartthrob Kit Harington, whose character Jon Snow is set to be reunited with his siblings this year. He added: "Everyone gets a bigger slice of the pie."
Season seven of the series will lead up to an explosive end with only six episodes left to resolve many of the show's unanswered story lines. Carice van Houten, who plays Melisandre is excited for the build up to the finale. She said: "These story lines are going to cross and it's going to be so exciting to watch. The heat is on."
Game of Thrones season 7 returns to Sky Atlantic on July 17 at 9pm.