Waiting on Winter: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Delayed

It turns out that Winter’s final arrival to Westeros means the rest of us will have to wait even longer to see how long it will take Dany and crew to reach the shores, or who Arya will kill next, or what Cersei plans to do as Queen. Thanks Game of Thrones creators. Not like waiting a full year for an always-too-short 10-episode season each Spring isn’t torture enough. (Speaking of torture, watch the kill count from this past season below.)

In the UFC Unfiltered podcast, Game of Thrones helmers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss were asked when we can expect the next season to air. Thus far no air date has been given by HBO. Usually the new season rolls out in April of each year. The seventh season has already been reported to be a shortened season, with a mere 7 episodes planned, leaving a final 6 (or so) episodes for Season 8. So in our already saddened state of shortened-season depression now Benioff and Weiss claim we’ll have to wait longer for Season 7.

In the podcast they say:

“We don’t have an air date yet… 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.”

Ok, we all knew Winter’s eventual arrival would mean shit gets real in Westeros, but the practical implications of the weather mean its going to be a long winter for the rest of us as well. Best case scenario, Game of Thrones simply gets a summer release instead. With less competition in those months it could be a good time to air. But then again, the producers may want to match the mood with the weather and make us wait until the Fall of 2017. Could a date feel any further away?

Winter? Feels balmy to me. Bring it on.

Anyone looking to crash the show’s filming locations better have a warm jacket. Sorry to all our favorite actors from the show who will have some chilly on-location filming to deal with.

Need a recap on where everyone is at at the end of Season 6 and what we can expect next season? Here’s further reading to keep you fresh:



MP Staff Writer, lover of all things fantastical and spooky. “Only the meek get pinched. The bold survive.” – Ferris Bueller