After six seasons of hearing the mantra “Winter is coming,” Game of Thrones fans finally saw the season arrive in Westeros this year. Since winter means snow, the GoT creative team has pushed back production — and the season seven premiere — to accommodate the weather, and capture as much authentic cold as possible. And apparently, producers aren’t kidding about seeking out some seriously chilly climes, with a new report indicating that some action will be filmed in an insanely icy place.
Icelandic news site Vísir.is (via Winter Is Coming) has indicated that filming will begin in the country sometime in January, and that HBO representatives have reportedly already met with local officials to prep for the shoot. As Winter Is Coming notes, nothing has been confirmed about specific locations in Iceland yet, though it would make sense that the GoT team would return to the country, after shooting several key scenes there throughout the show’s run. And if it’s authentic winter Westeros wants, Iceland should be able to deliver without a problem: The average temperature in the country’s capital, Reykjavík, dipped down to -0.3°C (31.5°F) in January 2015.
As for what fans can expect from the show’s Icelandic scenes, Visir.is’s report indicates that the action will involve six major characters, who are unnamed for now. It would certainly seem likely that those already in the North — like Jon Snow, Sansa, and Littlefinger — would be involved, though the new King of the North is the most obvious candidate to appear in some snowy climes. Poor Jon Snow (and Kit Harington) can’t seem to escape the stuff, can he?
There’s no official premiere date yet for season seven; we’ll have to wait and see if the production makes it through this rough winter first.