Last year, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed that the final two seasons (7 and 8) will be shorter. Season 7 will have seven episodes and season 8 will have six, although all six seasons of Game of Thrones so far have had 10 episodes. Fans fearing they’ll see less action need not to worry.

Earlier this year, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, said: “Everything happened quicker than I’m used to… a lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode.”

The season 7 premiere is said to be 59 minutes long while the final episode of of this season will last for a whopping 81 minutes.

We’ve been waiting for winter to come for years – and finally it did come in season six. This means that later in the year, there will be filming and this will lead the latest season to air a little later than its usual April start date.

Lasy year, Benioff and Weiss told the UFC Unfiltered podcast: “Winter is here – and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes any more. So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”

Ever since last year’s finale, we’ve heard rumors around the new season, as fans assume Daenerys will finally revisit Westeros, the Starks will reunite, and the White Walkers will keep pushing south. But will Daenerys eventually meet Westeros’ most recent royal, Cersei? Will Jon Snow take on the Night’s King again? And will The Mountain finally fight The Hound?

There are a lot of new characters to root for (before they are inevitably killed off) with Ed Sheeran popping up in a cameo and Jim Broadbent taking on a “significant role.”