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James Hibberd
March 16, 2017 AT 10:57 AM EDT

The dragons are bigger this season. Okay, we say that every year. But this time, they are a lot bigger.

For Game of Thrones season 7, which has Daenerys’ trio of beasts headed to Westeros as part of the dragon queen’s invading fleet, the creatures are more fearsome than ever before.

“The dragons this year are the size of 747s,” director Matt Shakman tells EW. “Drogon is the biggest of the bunch — his flame is 30-feet in diameter!”

Shakman is one of four directors helming next season (the others are GoT vets Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, and Mark Mylod). He was probably being at least somewhat approximate when comparing the dragons to the venerable Boeing airliner. But for reference, a 747 is about 230 feet long with a 210 feet wingspan. So, really big.

And because the dragons now have such awesome firepower, it seems very likely that a dragon attack will play out somewhat differently than in past seasons. We’ll leave exactly how to your imagination — or until HBO unveils dragon-action footage from the new season. (At some point, there will be a trailer … we hope!).

 

The Emmy-winning Thrones returns to HBO on July 16. On Sunday showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss were at SXSW where they dropped several fun revelations about the series. Read all about that panel here.

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