Bad news “Game of Thrones” fans, it’s going to be quite a while before we can return to Westeros. Aside from a later premiere, the show will only contain seven episodes, and not the usual ten.
Winter has come, and because of these showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss has decided to wait for the winter weather. Production will begin much later when the warm sunny skies give way to gray gloomy weather.
And because of this delay, the premiere has been moved to accommodate the change. The seventh season will instead premiere during the summer season instead of the traditional spring.
According to CNN, the finale of the series has been heavily discussed lately. Benioff and Weiss revealed that they wanted to wrap up “Game of Thrones” with 73 hours of air time.
Considering that most of the original characters are dead, there is very little story left for the show to work on. Other characters are also approaching their end game with their storylines set to converge this season.
In addition, this season will probably show more about the enigmatic White Walkers. Since the beginning of the series, they have always been kept in the background despite their pivotal role in the history of Westeros.
The series has received 23 nominations for this year’s Emmys proving that it is well received by critics as well as viewers. While there is currently no talk about what comes after, HBO might still want to cash in on the show’s popularity.
Martin has hinted that there is still enough material for a spin-off. The author is currently in the process of releasing his sixth book The Winds of Winter.
“Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres next year exclusively on HBO.