With the release of the trailer for season seven of the HBO smash hit Game of Thrones being released earlier this week, the amount of buzz surrounding the show has been truly astronomical. As "Game of Thrones" enters it’s seventh and second to last season, fans are more hyped than ever to see what direction the show will be going in.

With only seven episodes in the upcoming season compared to the usual ten, not to mention only six in the eighth and final season, time is creeping up pretty quickly on the highly anticipated finale. However, despite the shortened season, the main cast, amazingly enough, will actually be getting more screen time than ever before.

The Cast

You might be wondering how this could be possible. Well, you’re not alone, "Game of Thrones" stars Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) were equally surprised to see the amount of extra work and dialogue they’re accustomed to seeing. According to Clarke, the highly anticipated upcoming season actually took longer to shoot compared to previous seasons.

Showrunner Dan Weiss mentioned that due to the few characters remaining as well as a number of integral characters converging, it only makes sense that these characters will be getting more camera time. Also despite the shortened season, it appears as though the episodes this season are going to be longer as indicated by the 58 minute running time for episode one this season.

Where it’s all heading (Spoilers)

As mentioned earlier, with only a total of 13 episodes left, the series is entering its climax which means the series finale is looming ever so close.

As mentioned by Carice van Houten (Melisandre), all of the major storylines that have been building up for years are now intertwining with one another. She goes on to say that the real war that’s been foreshadowed since the start of the show has finally begun. Considering the clips indicated in the recent trailer, it seems that way. Dany has finally arrived in Westeros and will be fighting Cersei for the Iron Throne, Jon is now King in the North and will unite the rest of the North against the upcoming war with the White Walkers, arguably the most important antagonists in the series.

The questions of who will end up on the Iron Throne and whether or not Westeros will even survive the White Walker invasion will finally be resolved sooner rather than later. Get your popcorn ready, because things are about to get really interesting.