Winter is coming… but should arrive some time this summer for Game of Thrones, as HBO confirmed that its seventh season premiere will be pushed back a few months. Although GoT typically releases in early April, producers believed it would benefit from a postponement this time around.
The reason can be found in the tag line of the show itself: “Winter is coming.” Season seven will be taking place during the Westeros winter and the shooting schedule has been modified to reflect this. Look forward to snow on the ground and overcast skies.
Most years, production on the show is done in the summer and autumn months to avoid the cold. This year, production will not wrap until February, which wouldn’t give editors and special effects artists enough time to complete the episodes by April.
And this year they are apparently going to need that time. While the season will be shorter (seven episodes as opposed to the usual thirteen), the overall budgets are reported to be the same. That means an estimated $75 million will go into fewer episodes, pumping up the production value of each one a great deal. This will likely lead to some of the huge battles we’ve been expecting, as well as ever-grander locations to expand the world of Westeros even further.
Last year, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss confirmed that season eight will be the final season of Game of Thrones. With the end of season six, armies were gathering, the undead had mobilized, and Cersei Lannister had taken control of the Iron Throne. The upcoming season will probably see worlds collide, but leave their resolutions for the season eight.
Season seven is currently being shot in Northern Ireland, Spain, and Iceland. Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Lena Headey (Cersei), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) and Nikolaj Coster-Aldau (Jamie) have all returned and have been spotted on sets and have all reportedly signed up for the eighth season. However, that does not mean their characters will survive to see those final days. Some actors are optioned for a longer period to make sure they’re available in case they’re needed, but it doesn’t mean they’ll be used. We’ll just have to wait until summer to see for ourselves.
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