The first six seasons of Game of Thrones have debuted on, respectively, April 17, April 1, March 31, April 6, April 12, and April 24. So, prior to today, you wouldn’t have been totally out of line in assuming that season seven would premiere sometime in that March 31-April 24 window next year. But you also would have been wrong. Wrong wrong wrong. You big dummy.
Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss appeared on the UFC Unfiltered podcast this week, and in addition to discussing their love of sports involving two people standing in a cage and bashing the living hell out of each other (very on-brand for the creators of a show that features multiple giants who bashed people into walls this season), they discussed the past and future of the series. The biggest reveal? It turns out “Winter is coming” isn’t just an issue within the show. It’s also, apparently, something that will push back the start date for filming, and therefore push back the season premiere.
Sayeth Benioff and Weiss:
“We don’t have an air date yet. 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, gray weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”
As weird as it is to think about the creators of the most popular TV show in the world dropping a huge scoop like this 40 minutes into a podcast about the UFC, I mean, those are their words. It appears to check out. Season seven will start at some undetermined point in the future that will probably be after April.
Luckily, if die-hard Game of Thrones fans — especially the book readers — are used to anything, it’s mysterious delays. So this should work out fine.