HBO gives, HBO takes. HBO gave us (perhaps accidental) confirmation that, indeed, Jon Snow is the offspring of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Now HBO is taking our hope that maybe those pesky rumors about Game of Thrones season seven being ironically delayed might prove to be false, and smashing them like Oberyn Martell’s skull. Winter is… happening eventually.
Via a press release:
Game of Thrones will begin shooting its next season later this summer, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. Production of the seven-episode seventh season will be based in Northern Ireland, while additional portions will be filmed in Spain and Iceland, with debut slated for summer 2017 on HBO.
Bloys added, “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.”
Now you have even less of a reason to go outside in the summer.
HBO also revealed that the shooting locations in Spain include Seville, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia, and Bermeo, and confirmed that the season six directors are Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Alan Taylor, and “The Nightman Cometh” impresario Matt Shakman. So, just to recap: Game of Thrones, season seven, summer 2017. HBO should get Davos to read the tagline: “Let Game of Thrones be the Ice to your summer Fire.”