Game of Thrones Season 7 may be late, it is speculated. However, there is every reason to believe that the speculation is not correct.
It all started when the producers of the show talked about the possibility of delay. The main reason they have said so because “winter has come” in the show. So, they must wait for winter to shoot accordingly.
The producers did say that sunny weather would not help their cause. “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,” they said.
There is a funny thing about show business. Everything can be manipulated to create a “make-believe” world. The makers of the show know it well that they don’t have to delay it even if they have to show the winter.
Even though winter is here, not every scene in Game of Thrones Season 7 will be shot outdoors. Moreover, there are several geographical locations in the show that do not have winter. The Westeros has winter, but Khaleesi is traveling by the sea. And there’s no winter there.
There is no winter in the King’s Landing yet either. So, there are several locations which do not need bluish color grading. Even when the makers show the scenes involving characters in the Westeros, they must be showing a lot of scene indoors.
The interior scenes can be easily shot in a studio as a regular practice. If you do the calculation, only a handful of scenes need to be shot with “winter” around it.
Here is a reason why that should not be a concern either. Game of Thrones makers prefer shooting at the Hverfjall volcano in the Lake Myvatin region of Northern Iceland for the winter scenes.
On the coldest days, that part of the world has an average of 2.2°C temperature in September itself. Even on normal days, the average is 5.6°C. In October, it goes down to -1.3°C. In November and December, the average temperature goes down -5.1°C and -6.9°C respectively.
While the coldest days are in January, with an average temperature of -7.3°C, the entire shoot can be done by November itself. With so many VFX and computer graphics involved, it won’t be difficult to present the viewers a real feel of the dreadful winter.
Game of Thrones Season 7 can, however, be delayed if the makers have other plans. If they deliberately want to make the fans wait, it’s a completely different story then.