It seems like just yesterday that we watched everything go up in flames (pun totally intended) in HBO’s Game of Thrones season 6 finale. The 69-minute episode, which aired on 26 June, was the longest to date and kept everyone I know on the edge of our seats throughout.
I still remember the moment the closing credits started rolling: I was sitting on my couch, sobbing and gobbling down a tub of ice-cream while thinking of the impending doom to come – another excruciatingly long wait that had just only begun.
Since then, to make those GoT-less minutes pass faster, I’ve been Googling fan theories, watching analysis videos on YouTube and trying to explain the catastrophic state of my heart to my dog. (I can’t be the only one, right?)
And what do I get in return? The discovery that the situation is going to be a lot worse than we think. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but here’s what we know so far about the highly anticipated season 7.
Air-date pushed back
While fans have typically been made to wait only till Spring (usually March or April) for the yearly season release, we’re now going to have to wait even longer. It’s been confirmed by the show’s creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss that season 7 will only air sometime in Summer 2017 instead. Which equates to at least an extra two months’ agonising wait.
But if it makes you feel any better, they aren’t doing it just to mess with us.
"We’re starting a bit later because at the end of this season (6), ‘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,” the producers told Variety.
And if you thought things couldn’t get any worse, director Jack Bender is bent on proving you wrong. He’s confirmed that in contrast to the previous 10-episode-long seasons, Season 7 will consist of a mere seven, since Game of Thrones has already seen major developments in its latest season and has even outpaced George R. R. Martin’s novel series, A Song of Ice & Fire.
To be fair, Benioff did give us a heads up. Before the season 6 premiere he announced that season 7 and 8 would be shorter seasons – obviously we just didn’t think this nightmare would become a reality.
Still with me? Or are your fists clenched and ready for a swing.
Brace yourselves. This is where it really gets tough.
Benioff goes on to say “we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season (6)”...“though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at”. And given that season 7 takes up seven of those episodes, we can conclude that the long-speculated eighth season will be the final run and consist of only six episodes.
As they say, all good things must come to an end. Now, cue bawlfest.
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