The makers of “Game of Thrones” like to keep a tight lid on their story and set. With few exceptions, journalists are rarely allowed on set.
Now that the world’s second-most-popular show is creeping toward its final season, the show is letting down their guard, at least a little.
Time‘s Daniel D’Addario had the opportunity to go behind the scenes while the cast was still shooting season 7. And the report revealed a few subtle spoilers and confirmed a few bombshells as we head closer to the season’s premiere next month.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
The first thing in the report that stands out is D’Addario’s talk of a wolf pack joining the season.
“Wolves described in the script as ‘skinny and mangy’ showed up to the shoot looking fluffy and lustrous,” he wrote. Considering the Stark direwolves have almost all but disappeared, we can only come to one conclusion: The pack belongs to Nymeria, the wolf Arya sent away in the first season.
And it just so happens that the pack does belong to Nymeria in the books.
An Arya-Nymeria reunion may signify her return to her familial roots, as Vanity Fair points out. Let’s not forget Sansa’s line from the Season 7 trailer: “The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.”
Creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff also told Entertainment Weekly that fans can expect a “whole bunch of reunions” in the upcoming season as well as “first time meetings that people have been waiting for a long time.”
Later, D’Addario drops another serious hint: the dragons in the next season don’t get any bigger.
“It probably feels a bit less amazing to Emilia, who sits on it for eight hours a day, six weeks in a row, getting blasted with water and fake snow and whatever else they decide to chuck at her through the fans,” he writes.
We already know from the trailer that season 7 will play host to a major battle in the snowy north. Now we know there’s a good chance Daenerys will be along for the ride.