As for the delay in production, each season of Game of Thrones has taken longer and been more difficult to produce than the one before – an issue exasperated by the need for colder weather in the TV show’s more Northern filming locations in season 7 (after all, “Winter is here“).
Game of Thrones’ seventh season will indeed run for only seven episodes, and will debut in the summer rather than the spring of next year, per the announcement from HBO.
“Now that winter has arrived on ‘Game of Thrones,’ executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing. Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”
In addition, HBO announced the the season is mostly being filmed in Northern Ireland, with other locations including several cities in Spain (Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo) as well as Iceland.
What can we glean from this? Well, the filming in Iceland indicates that we’re going to spend some time in season 7 North of the Wall, while Northern Ireland has served as the location headquarters for King’s Landing, as well as various other interiors, throughout the series.
Yes, it’s disappointing that Game of Thrones fans will have to wait a few months longer for the resolution to Season 6’s plots. But if it results in a better, more satisfying show? It will be worth the wait.
Game of Thrones will debut in the summer of 2017 on HBO; an official date has not yet been announced.
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