David Benioff and D.B. Weiss appeared on the UFC Unfiltered podcast with Matt Serra and Jim Norton this week, discussing their work on Game of Thrones and offering a bit of news about season 7.
When asked about next season of GoT returning in April as usual, the showrunners said, “No,” and Weiss explained why that was the case.
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.
Benioff and Weiss confirmed again that there are two seasons remaining and that they still do not have a definite episode count set in place.
The showrunners discussed numerous topics with the podcast hosts, including season six’s ninth episode, “Battle of the Bastards,” and the work done by Miguel Sapochnik. Benioff and Weiss say that they wanted to convey a “sense of how random it was,” in the battle; that in the volley of arrows, “it’s just luck that one of them doesn’t plunk you in the head,” and that it may not be “the best and the bravest” who survive- it largely comes down to luck.
The subject of a Game of Thrones prequel comes up but Benioff and Weiss say that other matters have been “more pressing,” and that they “haven’t had time to think through the details of it.”
That’s fairly evasive, isn’t it? This late into GoT’s run, I’d guess that HBO has tried to discuss it with them a great deal, but they may not be ready to share any details, understandably.
They also confirm that Gendry is indeed “still rowin'” and dodge sharing spoilers on his fate.
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