If you’re already feeling the “Game of Thrones” withdrawal pangs, get ready to wait even longer for Season 7 of your favorite fantasy show.
In an interview with the UFC Unfiltered podcast, showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff announced that the next season of “Game of Thrones” might not make its way to HBO at the usual time thanks to some complicated filming logistics.
“We’re starting a bit later because at the end of this season, ‘Winter is here’—and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes anymore,” says Benioff. “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.”
For those of us who have voiced our complaints about poor lighting in “Game of Thrones” scenes, it seems it’s time to say goodbye to the wonderfully bright areas of the world like Meereen and Dorne. Even those landscape are apparently waiting for the doom and gloom weather to set in.
Don’t think we haven’t noticed the irony of “Winter” getting bumped to summer since the delay will likely push “Game of Thrones” out of the typical spring lineup.
On top of the delayed release news, fan will have to put up with a shortened episode order, as Season 7 is rumored to only contain eight new episodes as opposed to the standard ten.
The good news is, if we assume that HBO will keep the show as close to its regular airing schedule as possible, we can almost guess when it will premiere.
“Game of Thrones” typically airs its final episode in June, allowing for a quick break before sending the cast and creators to San Diego Comic Con in July. Counting backwards, this means that Season 7 will need to premiere by at least May 7, 2017 to make the cut.
Considering that only gives production an extra month of cushion time-wise, we might be low-balling our estimate, but the alternative is just too awful to imagine.
Waiting the usual nine months is hard enough, HBO can’t possibly expect us to wait a whole year to find out how Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), Jon (Kit Harington) and Cersei (Lena Headey) plan to battle it out for the Iron Throne.