‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 May Be Delayed Until Later In 2017

After six years, winter finally arrived in Westeros in the sixth season finale of Game of Thrones. That may be bad news for the seven kingdoms, but it could be even worse for fans of the show who are eager to see the final two seasons play out.

As reported by Deadline, Game of Thrones showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff made an appearance on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, where they confirmed that the tradition April premiere date for the series is in jeopardy because they need to shoot the show in climates that can mimic the winter conditions. 

“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,” said Weiss. “‘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, grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”

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That’s not great news, especially since Benioff and Weiss have already hinted that the final two seasons will have shorter episode orders. However, the episode counts have not been confirmed and HBO hasn’t officially renewed the series yet. But that news is expected to come down once the major cast members sign on for the final season. 

The sixth season finally pulled the trigger on several long running storylines, including the return of the Starks to Winterfell, the invasion of the White Walkers, Daenerys’ return to Westeros with her armies and dragons, as well as Cersei’s rise to the Iron Throne. For the first time in the show’s history, all of those elements are expected to converge as the series nears its endgame.

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