After the Game of Thrones season 6 finale a couple of weeks ago it was widely assumed we’d have a traditional ten month wait before season 7 began. Normally the show ends in June and picks up again the next April, but showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss visited the UFC Unfiltered podcast and revealed some new information: we may have to wait longer than normal to see new episodes of the show:
We don’t have an air date yet, but this year will probably be a bit later. 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 any more. So we’ve kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim, grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.
Keeping in mind that there are only 13-15 episodes left in the entire series and that director Jack Bender spilled the beans about there only being seven episodes next season, it’s possible that season seven might premiere in mid-May to retain its finale spot on the last Sunday in June. Considering how the season six finale was their most-watched episode ever, I imagine HBO would be love to have them keep that slot for next season’s finale (or the mid-season finale, or whatever they end up calling it with the split seasons). We won’t know for sure until the network confirms official dates, but you should prepare yourselves for a longer wait than usual until we return to Westeros.