Another season of “Game of Thrones” just wrapped up. Most fans are still reeling from everything that happened in the finale. With everything going on, viewers are already counting down the days until Season 7 premieres. But will they have to wait a little longer than expected? Will the show’s next installment really premiere on a later date?
In an interview with UFC Unfiltered, “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirmed the delay in production. The team has a pretty good reason to start filming later than usual, though.
“We’re starting a bit later because, you know, at the end of the season, winter is here… That means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes anymore,” Weiss and Benioff said. “We kind of pushed everything down the line so we could get some grim, gray weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”
Neither Benioff or Weiss confirmed an air date for Season 7. The past six seasons of “Game of Thrones” all had either a March or an April premiere, and it’s still possible for the next season to have a similar air date.
As Cinema Blend pointed out, Season 7 will have fewer episodes than past seasons. So, the delay in production might not push the premiere too far back into 2017.
Before Season 6 ended, Winter has come in Westeros. Jon Snow was able to take back their childhood home of Winterfell from the Boltons. He later became King in the North. Littlefinger lurks in the background and is trying to drive a wedge between Jon and his sister Sansa. Will his schemes work? Will Sansa end up betraying Jon?
Tommen, Margaery and the High Sparrow are dead. Cersei sits on the Iron Throne. But another queen is sailing off to Westeros to take the Throne back. Will Cersei’s reign really end with Daenerys’ arrival? Will the last known Targaryen reclaim the Seven Kingdoms for her own? Or will another Targaryen reveal himself before she does?
These questions will remain unanswered until the show picks up again with Season 7. “Game of Thrones” returns on HBO next year.