Winter arrived at the end of season 6 of Game of Thrones, signaling a pivotal moment in the show’s finale. But things are a little different in real life, as Mother Nature isn’t being quite as cooperative.
According to showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, production on season 7 has been hampered by the arrival of fair weather, meaning things had to get pushed back in order to get the shots they wanted. The show’s winter scenes just wouldn’t be as effective with clear blue skies.
In an interview with UFC Unfiltered, the two explained the delay:
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 anymore. So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.
What does that mean for you and me? Well, Game of Thrones traditionally comes back in April, but with production getting pushed back, it could arrive even later. In the very best scenario everything will get finished as usual and fans will be watching the show in 9 months. At the very worst, well, we don’t want to even entertain that possibility. We’re already getting shorter seasons; now, there’s a possibility we’ll have to wait longer than usual to jump back in.
The cool part about this approach is that traditionally sunnier lands, such as Westeros, should look much different when Game of Thrones returns. Remember, we saw a flashback scene of Daenerys inside the throne room with snow falling from the sky, meaning winter has truly arrived. Now, we just need it to show up in the real world.