The Starks weren’t kidding—they aren’t really a joke-telling family—winter is coming. Or, was coming, because (spoiler!) winter officially/unofficially arrived in the season finale.
The news has John Snow like, “I told you so.”
Bran totally terrified.
And even Mr. Freeze rejoicing.
You would be excited, Mr Freeze!
What this means for fans in the real world—other than that there’s going to be some crazy White Walker vs. Human battles for us to watch next season—is that we’ll have to wait a little longer than usual for our next fix. Production is being delayed on account of weather. Or, on account of not-weather: specifically, not wintry enough weather to film wintry scenes, which will be plentiful next season.
“We don’t have an air date, but we are starting a bit later because at the end of this season winter is here,” said David Benioff on his podcast, UFC Unfiltered, with fellow GOT writer and producer Dan Weiss.
So, there you have it. No snow, no show.
“Sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes anymore,” explained the hosts. “So, we pushed everything down the line to get some grim, grey weather, even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”
The show is shot in various locations around the globe including Iceland for the north-of-the-wall scenes, Croatia for King’s Landing, Spain for Dorne, and Northern Ireland for the Stark’s hood.
And while we’re certainly enjoying our summer (sweet, blessed, far-too-short summer), we might actually wish for an early winter—at least in those locations. It’s going to be cold, it’s going to be scary and it’s going to be intense, but we’re ready!
Bring on the winter!