Game of Thrones Season 7 Release Date, Casting, Concept Art & More Details

Game of Thrones Season 7 Release Date, Casting, Concept Art & More Details

Game of Thrones Season 7 is in its last month of production, and we now have some tantalizing new concept art.
 And like that, our summer joy quickly vanished, its warm embrace fading into the bitter taste of a winter’s kiss in a seeming instant. For despite Game of Thrones finishing its 2016 season before even the Fourth of July, White Walkers were on the move… and we are now deep in our snowy wait until at least June 2017… desperately keeping an eye on the horizon for the Others who march.

Aye, Game of Thrones season 7 will consist of seven episodes and debut possibly several months later than expected, confirming the icy dread that fans have expected for months now: the Long Night of Winter is here, and the coming summer will be shorter than ever.

“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,” Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, said in a statement. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

Latest Game of Thrones News

With production continuing in Iceland and Belfast, Game of Thrones season 7 has entered its final month before the series hurries to the editing bay to bring us some more Westerosi goodness. So as things inevitably become more secretive (at least until the trailers start dropping), we are eager for any news that may come about these days. And thanks to some reddit users and our friends at Watchers on the Wall, we have some enticing new stuff, indeed.

It appears that a piece of concept art has leaked from the seventh season of the series. The art, which depicts the fabled Dragonpit, should also be of much curiosity for fans since it displays a reunion between Tyrion Lannister and Bronn of the Blackwater. If your memory serves you well, they haven’t shared a scene since season 4, when Bronn chose not to fight on Tyrion’s behalf against the Mountain and instead became the right-hand man of Ser Jaime Lannister. Quite literally so. Thus if Bronn and Lannister men are meeting Tyrion, the new Hand of the Queen for Daenerys, then it likely only means one thing…

Indeed, this scene has been long expected and would seem to confirm rumored spoilers we discuss in the following pages.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Release Date

As has been much discussed, Game of Thrones season 7 was delayed until an unspecified month in summer 2017. The reason for the delay was previously explained by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on the UFC Unfiltered podcast. Apparently, now that Winter is finally here (it only took six years!), it means that production will have to start later–in September to be exact–to allow for the proper grim and gray weather necessary for Westeros.

“No … we don’t have an airdate yet, but this year it’ll probably be a bit later,” the showrunners told UFC Unfiltered hosts Matt Serra and Jim Norton. “[Because] 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.”

During the show’s SDCC panel, which we covered live, Benioff further explained with some humor, “We have to shoot in places where there are trees, so we have to wait for the leaves to fall off. So, we’re actually waiting to shoot [until] later in the year. That means we don’t finish shooting until February, and there’s no way of finishing post; there’s no way to get the show out there until summer.”

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode Count

First, HBO unsurprisingly greenlit Game of Thrones for a season 7 before season 6 even aired. Building up the week of hype for the premiere, the premium cable network nonchalantly confirmed a seventh season in late April, but tellingly did not reveal the length.

We now know that it will be seven episodes, something that Benioff and Weiss have hinted for months now. But also worth noting is that at this time, season 8 looks poised to only be a mere six episodes.

Benioff and Weiss also confirmed this is the gameplan still while chatting with Deadline after season 6 concluded. On the endgame, Benioff said, “It’s two more seasons we’re talking about. From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that’s what we’ll end up with. Call it 73 for now.”

This would appear to confirm that season 7 will stick to their initial plan as a seven-episode affair. Still, maybe they’ll realize they need an extra one or two episodes in season 8, so we’ll get more than just six hours for the final year?

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