Game of Thrones May Get a Late Start
Winter is finally here, and that’s the problem. As the sixth season of Game of Thrones found its way to a climactic end, the upcoming installment may find mother nature pulling a Hodor against HBO’s scheduling plans. During a podcast with UFC Unfiltered, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discussed the possibility that a season seven premiere may be later than the traditional April start date:
“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.”
Through six seasons fans have never seen what a winter in Westeros is like. Sure there’s snow and ice and freezing boogers on the wall and the Great North beyond, but the southern lands have yet to taste a chill that isn’t caused by Cersei’s smirk. The show’s ability–and budget–have allowed the landscape dubbed Essos and Westeros to be filled with awe-inspiring shots, whether it be green, mountainous regions or dry, dusky deserts that make you thirst just by looking at them. The discussion from Benioff and Weiss about waiting for “grim, grey weather” means viewers will be inundated with new aspects of the places they’ve become most familiar with. How often is King’s Landing covered in clouds and rain? Dorne’s forecast has been nothing but sunshine and lollipops, and the Iron Islands are constantly getting pelted with rain which will probably be a sucky place to live when it turns to hail and snow.
The big issue of course, is that “grim” and “grey” need to be readily available for when the Night King and his army make their move. If HBO is looking for that type of weather discourse in a place as far south as King’s Landing, would it be a poor assumption to think the White Walkers make their way past the wall, past Winterfell, and down into Cersei’s white-knuckled kingdom? Doesn’t the magnitude of this fight have to be more than just another battle taking place in the North?
Television fans will have their patience tested, but just keep in mind that many book readers waited twenty years to find out who Jon’s mother is, so an additional few weeks or months isn’t so bad. Even though a delay may be a tough pill to swallow with only 13 episodes left, it’s a sign that Benioff and Weiss aren’t mailing this in and working towards the ultimate fan experience instead of resorting to post-production wand waving. Let’s use that magic for the dragons.
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