It looks like the return to Westeros may come a little later than usual next year.
The HBO series normally begins filming on a new season in July ahead of a premiere the following April, but the upcoming shortened seventh season will begin production a little later than usual due to one very good reason – the weather.
Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealed in a podcast interview with UFC Unfiltered (via Digital Spy) that due to the show’s ‘winter’ finally arriving, it means the usual places they shoot need to get a bit colder and snowier first:
“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.”
With a shortened season, the number of episodes hasn’t been confirmed yet, it’s quite possible the season will finish around the same time next year even if it does start later.