And like that, our summer joy quickly vanished, its warm embrace fading into the bitter taste of a winter’s kiss in a seeming instant. For despite Game of Thrones finishing its 2016 season before even the Fourth of July, White Walkers were on the move… and we have to now wait possibly another nine months until Game of Thrones season 7 relieves us from our patient watch once more!
Aye, Game of Thrones season 7 will consist of seven episodes and debut possibly several months later than expected, confirming the icy dread that fans have expected for months now: the Long Night of Winter is here, and the coming summer will be shorter than ever.
“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,” Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, said in a statement. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”
But there is plenty of good news too. Join us in this living and breathing document as we anticipate the coming ice storm!
Latest Game of Thrones News
HBO has a juicy new genre hit with Westworld, the Synthetic Western that’s as if Blade Runner, Lost, and Blazing Saddles had a baby. However, that series is nearing the end of its 10-week run. Perhaps this is why HBO is already teasing their lineup for 2017, which includes of course the most anticipated series on television… you might have heard of Game of Thrones?
Indeed, the popular HBO series was part of HBO’s promo for 2017 marvels, and the flashing glimpses of three prominent Stark children already start the mind racing. The first image of Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark (now wearing a nigh passable wig!) depicts her out in the snow looking appropriately like her namesake in those frigid temperatures. We also have a nice high-resolution glimpse of the image which was released officially on Instagram.
However, the other two images, for which we had to rely on fans captures from television sets, provide even more tantalizing story possibilities. One is of Jon Snow in Winterfell, wearing his new crown with his familar dourness. He also appears to be talking to Sansa in that quick-cut. Yet, the other one is far more curious since it is of Maisie Williams as Arya Stark… in expensive black cloth while on a horse. For context, the last time we saw Arya able to afford a horse ride, she was being carried mostly against her will by the Hound across the Riverlands in some screwed up version of a buddy comedy road trip. Before that, she was Arya Stark of Winterfell.
Despite ending season 6 as walking that fine line between Faceless Man anonymity and Stark vengeance at the Twins, it appears that Arya will no longer be hiding in the shadows during season 7. More shocking still, she might have reclaimed her birthright as a Stark of Winterfell in this shot since she is traveling like one in colors that the King in the North would approve of. Could Arya Stark be en route to returning to Winterfell, and reuniting with Jon Snow and Sansa next year?!
… Well, if you follow the threads we lay out in the spoiler section of this article below, you might find the answers you seek…
Game of Thrones Season 7 Premiere Date
As has been much discussed, Game of Thrones season 7 was delayed until an unspecified month in summer 2017. The reason for the delay was previously explained by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on the UFC Unfiltered podcast. Apparently, now that Winter is finally here (it only took six years!), it means that production will have to start later–in September to be exact–to allow for the proper grim and gray weather necessary for Westeros.
“No … we don’t have an airdate yet, but this year it’ll probably be a bit later,” the showrunners told UFC Unfiltered hosts Matt Serra and Jim Norton. “[Because] 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 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.”
During the show’s SDCC panel, which we covered live, Benioff further explained with some humor, “We have to shoot in places where there are trees, so we have to wait for the leaves to fall off. So, we’re actually waiting to shoot [until] later in the year. That means we don’t finish shooting until February, and there’s no way of finishing post; there’s no way to get the show out there until summer.”
Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode Count
First, HBO unsurprisingly greenlit Game of Thrones for a season 7 before season 6 even aired. Building up the week of hype for the premiere, the premium cable network nonchalantly confirmed a seventh season in late April, but tellingly did not reveal the length.
We now know that it will be seven episodes, something that Benioff and Weiss have hinted for months now. But also worth noting is that at this time, season 8 looks poised to only be a mere six episodes.
Benioff and Weiss also confirmed this is the gameplan still while chatting with Deadline after season 6 concluded. On the endgame, Benioff said, “It’s two more seasons we’re talking about. From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that’s what we’ll end up with. Call it 73 for now.”
This would appear to confirm that season 7 will stick to their initial plan as a seven-episode affair. Still, maybe they’ll realize they need an extra one or two episodes in season 8, so we’ll get more than just six hours for the final year?
Published at Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:29:00 +0000