The Game of Thrones season 6 finale may have left us with a lot of questions, but it looks like we’ll have to sit tight just a bit longer before we get any answers. Series showrunners have warned fans that they may have to wait even longer than usual for season 7 to pick back up again on HBO.
In a recent interview with the UFC Unfiltered podcast, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed that the reason for the season 7 delay comes down to weather patterns. Now that winter has finally arrived in Westeros, the show will be forced to wait to film until it’s actually winter in the various filming locations they use for the series.
“We don’t have an airdate yet, but this year it’ll probably be a bit later, ‘cause 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 purpose anymore,” revealed the showrunners on the podcast according to Variety. “We kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim, grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”
Pushing the release of season 7 back a bit also makes sense given the showrunners’ recent comments that they intend to wrap the entire series up in as little as 13 to 15 more episodes. Because of that, both Benioff and Weiss have gone on the record as saying they’re considering shorter seasons as we come up on Game of Thrones’ inevitable end.
Either way, it looks like we’re all due for a long year before winter finally returns to HBO.
Game of Thrones returns in 2017.