Cold winds are rising in Game of Thrones and the problems rise with it. With winter finally here, the production is set to begin later than usual.
Executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss revealed that production for season 7 will be delayed. According to Weiss, they will be starting at the end of the season.
According to Entertainment Weekly, winter is here, and the summer weather doesn’t really serve the producer’s purposes anymore. They intend to get some grim, gray weather in their locations including the sunnier places where they shoot.
Earlier, Benioff and Weiss had been revealed that they hope to end “Game of Thrones” in 13 episodes. These will be split between two seasons with season 7 confirmed to only have 7 episodes.
The showrunners wanted to end the series while everyone is still very much into it. They wanted to tell it as one big story and have already discussed the ending ever since the beginning.
HBO has yet to issue any follow-up regarding Weiss’ statements regarding the delay. Under normal circumstances, production should begin this month.
The delay is unlikely to cause any problems regarding schedules as having 7 episodes instead of the usual 10 drastically cuts production time. With the Targaryen Invasion set to be the focal point, most of season 7 will be probably filmed in Northern Ireland.
Prior to the end of “Game of Thrones” season 6, HBO has revealed that it has given a substantial raise to the top actors on the show. Production budget has yet to be disclosed however but would likely be increased as the series hurtles towards the finale.
Among the directors that have signed on Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, and Mark Mylod will be returning. Newcomer Matt Shakman will be joining these veterans this season.
There is still no word whether Miguel Sapochnik, who directed the highly praised Battle of the Bastards and Winds of Winter, will direct some of the episodes. Hopefully, the scenes in Game of Thrones Season 7 will more than make up for the reduced number of episodes.