Sansa Stark’s declaration that ‘Winter is here’ in Game Of Thrones’ series six finale has spelled bad news for fans.
With much of the series filmed in the Northern Hemisphere – specifically Croatia, Northern Island, Morocco and Iceland – that doesn’t bode well for the frosty conditions required of series seven.
‘We don’t have an air date yet,’ co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirmed during an interview with UFC Unfiltered, adding: ‘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.'
They continued: ‘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.’
While the show has typically premiered in March/April, fans have been told to expect a longer wait this time around – which will come as quite the blow following what was undoubtedly the most dramatic and poignant season to date.
With only two more seasons left in the epic saga, Benioff has also broken the news that each remaining season will be significantly shorter than the usual 10-episodes – with only an estimated 15 episodes left in total.
‘It’s two more seasons we’re talking about,’ he explains. ‘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.’
In some good news, the creators added that they haven’t ruled out a prequel once the series comes to an end, though they haven’t had the time to give that the consideration it deserves yet. Watch this space!