While the season six finale drew a record crowd of 8.9 million. Many viewers could not wait for season 7 to be here already . The story end on two front. While Daenerys and her dragons and allies sailing towards Kingslanding, On the north, the winter is here. The King of the North shall face with the Night King and his White Walkers for the big battle to come. Unfortunately in the real world it’s summer. Show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were on UFC Unfiltered Podcast reported by Digital Spy recently saying season 7 will be a bit late due to weather condition.
“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 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.”
It is not clear which location were the showrunners refer to.
Rumor already speculation that season 7 will only have 8 episodes. So far neither showrunner have confirmed or denied it. So many of us already dreaded the end of the series and wondering will we ever get a great series such as Game Of Thrones after it ends. On that front Benioff and Weiss were musing about the possibilities of spin-off. This is what they have to say.
“We think about thinking about it, but once we start thinking about it, we realize we have other things that are immediately pressing that we need to be thinking about today,”
“One of the great things about what [George R.R. Martin] did is he didn’t just build a story; he built a world with so many characters and such a rich, detailed history behind it,”
“There are a lot of different ways you could go with it; we just really haven’t had time to really think through the details of it because we’re so focused on getting the show made.”
While it’s far from confirmation of a spin-off but if one look at HBO recent resignation of its CEO Michael Lombardo who had been on the helm on the network for 30 years, has struggled on the drama series side in the last few years. Before the May announcement of Lombardo resignation, there was a shakeup in January that sees the departure of the head of drama department Michael Ellenberg. Rating hit series like The Wire, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Deadwood, The Larry Sanders Show, Six Feet Under, Sex And The City and Oz all ended with no peers except for Veep, Silicon Valley and Game Of Thrones. Whoever is going to step into the shoes of Michael Lombardo knows HBO desperately in need of a replacement for Game Of Thrones when the series end in 2018. What better shows to replace it than a spin-off, a prequel or sequel that are helm by the same show runners with the same production crews who knows how to tell a good story that brings rating for the network? With the proven record of the series history, I doubt HBO could have much time to think about the decision while other networks can easily swoop in. Just to give you an idea, Netflix paid $90 million for Marco Polo season one. HBO paid $100 million for Game Of Thrones for season 6. You do not have to be a savvy business person to figure out which network made the better investment.