The white ravens of the Citadel have flown and Winter has finally arrived in Westeros, but the next season of Game of Thrones may be late in arriving this year due to the weather here on Earth. Game of Thrones wrapped up it’s sixth season a few weeks ago with a heart-stopping finale that left fans eager for more. However, show-runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff recently delivered some crushing news in a recent interview on the UFC Unfiltered Podcast. When discussing the upcoming season, Weiss revealed that Season 7 may arrive later than usual next year:
We don’t have an air date yet but this year it’ll probably be a little bit later. We’re starting a bit later because, you know, the end of this season, winter is here, and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes anymore. So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim, gray weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.
While it may be disappointing to learn that the wait for the next installment of Game of Thrones may be longer than usual, the delay makes a great deal of sense. Now that Westeros has truly succumbed to winter, the bright sunlight and green grass of late summer and early fall will simply have no place in the next season. And while the show has demonstrated an ability to use practical and digital effects to artificially an appearance of colder climes, the reliance on real weather to create a wintry effect will leave room in the the show’s tight budget for more of the CGI dragons, direwolves, and fantasy castles that we love.
So, the air-date of Game of Thrones will probably fall a little later than we’re used to next year. As we wait for the season 7 premiere, and the show-runners wait for winter, we can for once take comfort in the fact that unlike in Westeros, our summers do not last for years.
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