Winter's not coming - Game of Thrones' season seven shoot delayed
Production on the next season of Game of Thrones has been pushed back due to warm weather conditions around Europe.
Show bosses David Benioff and D.B. Weiss typically begin filming the hit fantasy series in July on location in areas like Northern Ireland, Spain, Croatia, Iceland, and Canada, but they have been forced to delay this year's (16) shoot in an effort to secure more gloomy weather for season seven.
As a result, the creators predict fans may have to wait a little longer than usual before finding out the fate of characters including Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen, portrayed respectively by Kit Harington, Lena Headey, and Emilia Clarke.
"We don't have an air date yet, but this year will likely be a bit later," they revealed during a chat on the UFC Unfiltered podcast. "We're starting (filming) a bit later because, you know, the end of this season, winter is here, and that means sunny weather doesn't serve our purposes anymore, so we pushed back everything down the line to get some grim, grey weather, even in the sunnier places that we shoot."
Game of Thrones has traditionally premiered around the world in late March or April. In addition to the later broadcast date, fans will also have fewer episodes to digest as Benioff and Weiss have previously revealed the final two seasons will feature a total of 13 instalments, instead of the usual 10.
The series, based on the book franchise by George R.R. Martin, will wrap up after season eight.
Other main cast members who have survived gruesome deaths on the show include Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie, and Alfie Allen.