As it turns out, sailing the narrow sea takes longer than imagined. HBO has announced that its truncated seventh season of Game of Thrones will be delayed until the summer of 2017.
Filming will begin later this Summer in Northern Ireland, with additional shooting to take place in Spain and Iceland. We’d already learned that filming would be delayed a bit by warmer than expected temperatures, but we weren’t sure if (or how long) it would delay the show itself.
Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming, had the following to add in a blog post announcing this news:
Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing. Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.
Positive takeaway: Filming starts soon.
The downside? We have to wait for summer to experience winter, which means our undying desire to see the undead storm the south will have to wait — as will our bloodlust for dragon fire to scorch Westeros.
But by this time next year, everything will feel right again.