Winter is finally here, and while Jon Snow and Sansa Stark may have had a bit of a laugh about it in the season six finale of Game of Thrones, the rest of the show’s fans haven’t been on the receiving end of the best news because of it. After a stellar season finale already made the almost year long wait until the next season as unbearable as you could probably imagine, it looks like the wait is about to be even longer than any of us could have possibly wanted.
Due to the changing weather conditions in the series (basically everything is going to need to be covered in snow), showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have revealed that the seventh season of the show will be premiering later than its usual April start date, in order to accommodate with the new production requirements.
Here’s what the duo had to say while speaking on the most recent episode of the UFC Unfiltered podcast:
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.
In addition to the delayed start, the duo have also confirmed here that even southern regions in Westeros like King’s Landing will be affected by Winter as well, and it won’t just be something exclusive to the North. Considering that Dany’s vision in the House of the Undying pictured her entering the Iron Throne room covered in snow as well, this has been something theorized by fans for some time now.
Nonetheless, the wait until season seven was already going to be hard enough as it was, now fans will have to cope with waiting even longer for a season that’s already going to be shorter than the previous six to come. Suffice to say: the winds of winter are beginning to be felt.
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