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Game of Thrones Season 7 will premiere later than usual

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Season 6 just ended, but we’re already getting quite a bit of news about Game of Thrones Season 7. Today, we got a juicy tidbit straight from the mouths of showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who appeared on the UFC Unfiltered Podcast with hosts Jim Norton and Matt Serra. Benioff and Weiss come in around the 26-minute mark. You can listen below, and then we’ll hit the highlights.

First of all, it’s charming how excited the hosts are. Second, by far the biggest takeaway from the interview comes around 41:25, when Weiss reveals that Season 7 will start later than past seasons of the show.

We don’t have an air date yet but this year it’ll probably be a little bit later. We’re starting a bit later because, you know, the end of this season, winter is here, and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes anymore. 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.

How much later? Well, Weiss gives his soundbite after the host asks if the show is coming back in April. (Five out of the show’s six seasons have premiered in April. Season 3 premiered on the last day of March.) So Game of Thrones Season 7 will premiere later than April.

Weiss’ reasoning is actually cause for celebration, though, or at least cause for rubbing your chin and going “hmmmm.” As Sansa pointed out to Jon in the Season 6 finale, winter has come, and I like that the producers are willing to delay filming a bit so the weather matches what they’re going for.

Other takeaways from the podcast:

  • Benioff confirmed that there are two seasons left of the show and that they won’t have as many episodes as usual. He didn’t give specifics, though. “The two seasons will be a bit shorter. We don’t have a definite episode count, but each season will be a little bit shorter, just cause each year it takes longer and longer to shoot.”
  • Weiss on George R.R. Martin’s view of the changes he and Benioff made to the author’s books: “Not to say George has agreed with everything we’ve done, but I think, by and large, on the grander scale, he gets what you need to do to adapt something, and he’s a grown-up and a gentleman about it.”
  • When conceiving the Battle of the Bastards, Benioff and Weiss wanted a “sense of how random it was.” When arrows are flying through the air, it’s not necessarily “the best and the bravest” who survive, but rather the ones who get lucky. “You could be the greatest fighter in the world, it’s just luck that one of them doesn’t plunk you in the head.” Jon Snow got pretty lucky.
  • Benioff and Weiss are open to the idea of Game of Thrones spinoffs, but are too consumed by the process of making the show to spare the time to give it much thought.
  • They know how the show is going to end. “We could write the final episode right now.”

And finally, they confirmed what became of Gendry. “He’s still rowin’.”

h/t Digital Spy


  • I just realized something and I’m confused. Cersei declared war on Dorne & Tyrell. I get why Dorne (they killed her daughter), but why Tyrell? She killed most of the Tyrells w/wild fire. She has no rational reason for going to war. Unless they stopped giving KL food so she wants to take over to get supplies from them (?).
    From the 7 kingdoms, she only has 1 kingdom. She is at war with
    (1) Dorne and
    (2) Tyrell (the Reach).

    Jon is King of the (3) North.

    The (4) Vale is aligned with the Starks (and, because Lysa said the Lannisters killed Jon Arryn, there is no way they will support Cersei).

    The (5) Riverlands is divided because Frey is dead, Harrenhal is under supervision of Littlefinger, and the Iron Islands has Euron (who could give ships and a cock to Cersei).

    Then (6) Storm End’s has been left behind by the show. That is House Baratheon and where Renly was. I think in the book is under siege. I think Dany will take over Storm End’s before KL. Logistically it makes the most sense because you command all the south given that she already has Tyrell+Martell. You have ships and food. And from KL you can only go to (7) Casterly Rock, which is the only place that would support her if Jaime is on board (which I’m not sure he is). In other words, from KL there is no escape north, only to Casterly Rock.

    • Cersei wasn’t thinking about anything other than destroying everyone that she did. She wanted the HS and all of the faith militant gone as well as Margaery, Kevan, Unella and Pycelle. She does want revenge for her daughter’s death, but I don’t think her direct intention was declaring war. Ellaria already felt like she had and House Tyrell will consider this a declaration regardless of intention. Cersei will realize she’s made a very big mistake but perhaps she’ll be too arrogant to be afraid… Until all of the South joins with Daenerys.

    • I think the Tyrell’s or I guess Olenna is about to declare war on Cersei by joining forces with Dorne and Daenarys and others.

    • Killing Mace Tyrell, the Lord of The Reach, together with his son and daughter . . . . that can be seen as at least an act of war, if not an actual declaration of war. That’s certainly how Olenna sees it.

      Otherwise, you’re quite right. Cersei is queen of nothing. Her only allies *might* be Euron Greyjoy and Randyl Tarly (if he can be bought off with an offer of Lord of The Reach).

    • Easy answer: bc Cersei viewed Margary & Lady Olenna as two of her enemies. Even if she only disliked them, I doubt Cersei would have cared about blowing them up. That was her way out and when backed in a corner, she will do whatever it takes to survive.

      • In the prophesy cersei was told a younger more beautiful queen would take her place. She figured that was margaery. Wrong

    • coco, I think Cersei just wants the whole power and control to herself. Since Season 2, she had already disliked the idea of having Margaery being the Queen to Joffrey and eventually with Tommen.

      By having the Tyrells in control at King’s Landing and the Iron Throne, she will be set aside, and not be the right hand to her own son in every decision-making and “conspirary” so to speak.

      Lastly, since the Maggy the Frog prophecy has been ingrained in her mind, she won’t allow another “younger queen” to take over the control of the Iron Throne from herself and House Lannister in general.

  • I wonder if the episodes will be longer going forward, or if they will remain approximately one hour long.

  • What new hell is this? We had to put up with that Vynil crap from HBO as a filler already!

  • Starting much later means opting out of qualifying for Emmy nominations. I wonder if they feel like they have nothing more to prove after last year.

    • They won’t allow that to happen. There is no way they will miss the Emmys. I imagine the season will start early May, 1st or 2nd week. Depending on how many episodes they are doing. I think it’s supposed to be 7. But, they will not miss the Emmys, as long as they submit before the end of June, they’re safe.

      • They’re not going to compromise the filming of the show (wintry locations, shorter seasons, story) for more Emmys. Get real.

  • I’m not sure if Cersei formally declared war to anyone. Same as the Lannister – Stark conflict in the beginning, no declarations, but full out war nonetheless, as a result from various actions. And she has the most rational reason possible to go on the Tyrells: they’re practically extinct, their lands are there for grabbing, or at least so it seems. And a not so rational one: she and Olena don’t see eye to eye quite well.

    Later start of the show, this might ( just might ) give G.R.R.M. enough time to finish a certain book between the seasons.

  • Well, I think I get their drift… After all, why spend CGI money on snow when the real stuff’s available, if you’ve got big plans for more dragons, white walkers, direwolves, grand armies, and their many clashes, together or separate? And honestly, if they manage to make all the remaining episodes of the quality of the last few, and perhaps push the envelope as far as their length is concerned to make them go a bit over the hour mark like S6E10, I’m all for it. Quality over quantity, I say…

  • How late will they wait? May? June? Really hope they don’t do the Sopranos thing. You know, two or more, year gaps between seasons.

    Sucks. Especially, since they admitted, the seasons will be shorter.

  • Could this really be a delay to allow George to publish TWOW? I mean they’ve faked winter in all prior seasons.

      • Soon? He’s been writing it for at least 5 1/2 years AND some portions were already drafted back in 2011 or earlier when they were part of Book 5 and taken out.

        Sure hope the Winds of Winter is out by almost summer ’17. I’m actually keeping my fingers crossed it comes out around the end of this year. Whenever it is, let’s all pray that Bantam prints a shitload of copies. I’ll lose my mind if it sells out in a blink of an eye and no copies are available for however long.

  • If there are spinoffs I don’t want them associated with them at all and I’d rather grrm have more say and control. Everything they’ve done on their own has been meh at best but of course they are open to spinoffs since game of thrones has been the only thing they’ve been successful with.

    • GRRM will only have involvement in anything so far as HBO allows him. As Martin himself has said, HBO owns the rights to the entire franchise when it comes to film. He sold out totally, lock stock and wildfire barrel. They could decide to makes an animated kids show about the rats that live beneath Flea Bottom and their wacky lives, should they desire. GRMM has no say in any of it, unless they choose to ask him.

    • Agree… my subconscious hope when I hear spinoff talk is that it will be planned in such a way that GRRM will be able to write episodes again. Or, at a minimum that the material they choose will be so well-defined that it will adapt almost flawlessly. Season 1 comes to mind as the example.

    • you do realize that george is pretty old right? He’s at that point in life beyond working on the day to day set of a tv show.

  • I agree totally. No spin offs. Want the,real show even if it picks up later after grrm finishes his book, if we’re all still around by then.

  • In tribute to the Season 6 finale, I have changed my screen name from ‘Varamyr Fourskins’ to ’50 Shades of Gregor’.

    Because, you know… that’s how many times I’ve watched the episode already.

  • Can someone explain why is Jon an heir to the Iron Throne only if he is a Targaryan? If he had, in fact been a true Stark, why couldn’t he seek out the throne?

    • Well he potentially could still make a claim for the iron throne if he where stark. It’s just that traditionally the Starks have never wanted or attempted to take the throne, even if they where in a position to (Ned).

      But if he is a Targ, well, they’ve held the throne since Aegon the conquerer up until Roberts hissy fit.

      I still don’t think Jon has any interest in the iron throne.

    • Because he’s rhaegar’s son.

      Prince rhaegar would’ve been king aerys’s successor if he had been alive, but since he’s dead and everybody in the entire seven kingdoms thought he had no heir left, they consider the throne passed to his younger brother, viserys. And now that viserys is also dead, their younger sister, daenaerys, wants to retake the throne for herself.

      If anyone had known the truth that jon is rhaegar son, they would have known that he’s the rightful heir. (Considering that jon is a legitimate son)

  • Would love to see a “Dunk & Egg” or “Robert’s Rebellion” spin off.

  • Maybe Jon wasn’t killed/wounded in the Battle of the Bastards because he has already died, and he is magically protected. I don’t think it was just luck.

  • I was just thinking about timeframes….

    Just because we are up to season 7 doesn’t mean that the in story time is restricted…. What do mean is, season 7 could actually take place over a 2 or 3 year timeframe… thus allowing the characters to develop their storylines… For example, Sam could actually spent two years studying before leaving the citadel… Or Jon/Sansa can spend three years building up reserves…. The only time limit which will be forced on the show will be when a WW takes its first step south of the wall… Then it’s on!!

    I just think if the directors took note of this then it may sport out the whole time travel issues we have seen with LF and a few others… It will also provide a bit more satisfaction to viewers who feel that some aspects seem rushed only to proving a sense of excitement.