The seventh season of Game of Thrones, as every fan of the series is no doubt aware, is going to be pivotal. Winter is here. The Khaleesi, having assembled a large army and many allies, is finally headed by ship to Westeros. Cersei is on the Iron Throne, having burned most (but probably not all) of her enemies. Jon Snow is King in the North, but will soon have to deal with the inevitable invasion by the White Walkers.
The production of the new season is going to be so intricate that HBO has already announced that the next season will premiere in the summer of 2017— months later than the spring debuts of every other season to date — that will only consist of seven episodes and that the season after it, in 2018, will be the last. Now, we know that Season 7 has taken a step forward.
The new season of Game of Thrones has officially begun production, EW reported this week. Production usually starts in July for the following season, but due to weather conditions, it was delayed until August this year.
Production, according to the report, formally began on Monday, August 29, 2016 in the “production hub” of Northern Ireland; the show will also be shot this season at several locations in Spain. The production start coincides with the announcement earlier this week that veteran British actor Jim Broadbent has joined in the show in an undisclosed but “pivotal” role; other new character roles remain to be cast.
Will Game of Thrones’ next season be worth the wait? Expectations, of course, are very high, as we’re going to see things— primarily Daenerys Targaryen’s long-awaited quest to conquer Westeros — that fans of the show have been waiting to see for years, and book readers for even longer. The creators have taken a big risk, determining that their endgame is better suited to fewer remaining episodes, so it’s going to be very important for them to get the ending right.
While waiting for Game of Thrones to return, fans will have to remain content with that silly Game of Thrones “election,” with continuing leaks from the set as to what’s coming next and, maybe just maybe, a new A Song of Ice and Fire book to read before next summer.
Game of Thrones Season 7 will debut on HBO at an undetermined date the summer of 2017.