You think of “famous quotes from ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ or ‘Game of Thrones’, and one of the first things that’ll pop into your head could be the three house-words of the Stark Family: “Winter is Coming”. It got repeated quite a bit in the first season of the HBO series, and is often a fave utterance of the fandom. At the final stretch of “GoT” season 6 (and the last few sections of “A Dance with Dragons”) the promise of that oft-parroted line finally came to pass: winter wasn’t just coming, it was here. It certainly makes for an exciting stage for when the next season of the show starts, yes?
There is a problem however. Production of Season 7 has stalled and been delayed, according to a report by Variety. And the reason, making for irony, is that winter isn’t coming. To be plainer, it’s not arriving fast enough in our world for filming to begin.
“Game of Thrones” show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss first broke this production issue, strangely enough, as part of the July 5 UFC Unfiltered podcast. As they put it, "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 any more. 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."
Normally a season of “Game of Thrones” is ready to premiere in April of a year, but since the lion’s share of season 7 takes place in the middle of an increasingly snowy winter, the necessity of starting only when the flurries fall even on the other filming locations closer to the equator, and working all through the real-world season as efficiently as possible, there’s looking at a much later premiere date come 2017. It probably helps that Benioff and Weiss see a lesser number of episodes for season 7 and the final season 8. In an ideal setting, the fewer episodes and production delays should end up cancelling each other out.
No release date has understandably been given for when next year the penultimate season is going to continue the ever increasingly bleak saga of the deadly decadent court around the Iron Throne, the various claimants seeking to remove Cersei the Evil Queen from it, and the steadily advancing army of cold-generating bogeymen and their undead hordes who seem to be hell bent on making sure of the High Valyrian statement: “Valar Morghulis”, or “All Men MUST Die.”
Whenever Winter comes for shooting the season, fans are waiting with bated breath.
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