*Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 6 ahead!*
To the fans of HBO’s acclaimed series, Game of Thrones, winter may be coming a little later than we expected. Interestingly attending an interview with the UFC Unfiltered podcast, showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss gave listeners an update on the upcoming seventh season, saying:
We don’t have an air date yet, but this year will probably be a bit later. 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. So we’ve kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim, grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.
This news may come as a disappointment for fans hoping to see a season premiere in March, as past seasons have aired, or even something like Season 6’s premiere of April 24th. Due to these production delays, there seems to be a good chance that Season 7 may not premiere until May or later. Though we may have to wait a little longer to behold Daenerys’ siege of Westeros or the continuing adventures of now-King Jon Snow (Targaryen), this all makes sense from a production and story standpoint…
Consider the Season 6 finale: winter is no longer “coming”, “late” or “on its way”; winter is here. Ned Stark’s promise, itself the subject of many Game of Thrones posters, coffee mugs, and T-shirts, has finally come to pass. As the show nears its endgame – with Benioff and Weiss themselves saying there are at most fifteen episodes left in the entire series – it makes sense that the show’s visuals will change to match the tone. As the White Walkers march on the Seven Kingdoms, so too will a hefty dose of grey.
Benioff and Weiss are attempting to achieve this visual aesthetic not through digital color correction, clearly, but through patience and location shooting during specific times of the year. Though the wait for Season 7 might be rough, one can only hope it will all be worth it when we see the first blood of a trademark, Game of Thrones-style execution against a beautiful white winter backdrop.