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Production on the Next Season of Game of Thrones Delayed


The return of “Game of Thrones” has been delayed unfortunately. The series, which usually premieres every year around March/April, has been pushed back due to production being delayed. But there is a pretty good reason at least.

Executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealed in a podcast that filming of season seven will not begin in July, as it normally does. The problem is from a lack of winter weather and since winter has come, production needs some wintery sets, Weiss explained:

We’re starting a little 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. We kind of pushed everything down the line so we could get some grim, gray weather, even in the sunnier places that we shoot.

The showrunners did not let on as to when production will begin.

It was also revealed a few weeks ago that the end of the series is closer than anyone wants. The plan is to wrap it up with 13 more episodes spread over two more seasons.

There is no official word from HBO on whether this production delay will affect the season seven premiere air date but it seems likely with a delayed production schedule.

Game of Thrones: Season 5 To Film Partially in Spain


“Game of Thrones” is still about a year away from premiering its fifth season but HBO has announced that it will add Spain as one the filming locations for the next season. Part of the season will shoot in the Province of Sevilla according to the announcement.

HBO didn’t reveal which part of Westeros that Spain will be representing but is rumored that it will be much awaited country of Dorne. D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, the “Game of Thrones” show runners and executive producers have already confirmed we will be seeing Dorne in season five. Also considering in the novels, Dorne is described as rocky, mountainous, arid, and dry. The Province of Sevilla lays in the Andalusia region which relatively matches that description. 

Season 5 of “Game of Thrones” begins filming in Belfast later this month.

Game of Thrones to Wrap Up After “Seven or Eight Seasons”


With the fourth season of “Game of Thrones” literally just around the corner, Vanity Fair recently did a spread featuring the cast and news about the series.

There has been a lot of debate regarding what will happen when the series catches up with the novel series which is notoriously slow running. Show co-creator David Benioff says:

“Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we don’t know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be. If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character.”

Series author, George R.R. Martin also added,

“I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren’t there yet. I’m hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me.”

Benioff and co-creator D. B. Weiss revealed they would like to wrap it up after seven or eight seasons.

“It doesn’t just keep on going because it can. I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”

What Happens When Game Of Thrones Catches Up With The Books



George R.R. Martin, the writer of the novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, is acutely aware of fans worries that the HBO show based on the novels could catch up to his unfinished series. Frankly, we are all screaming, “write faster!” The worries are real however. ASOIAF still has two books remaining to be written with no release date in site for the 6th book and considering how long it took him to churn out the first 5 books, fans already know the wait is long and grueling. Continue reading

Game of Thrones Season 3 Production Video Released

Our first glimpse into the world of season three of “Game Of Thrones” from HBO has graced the internet. A brand new 2-minute clip was released last night before the  Boardwalk Empire finale and it has finally made it’s way online.

In the clip, creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, as well as cast members including Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clark, talk about the upcoming season and tease the story lines fans are eager to see.

However, what fans are talking about most is the small glimpse we see of this seasons new characters such as Queen of Thorns Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) and the Reed siblings, Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Meera (Ellie Kendirck).

Benioff and Weiss agree that this may well be the best season of Thrones yet:

“This is the season that Dan and I have been anticipating from the very beginning,” the former explains. Weiss adds that he and his partner have always “envisioned season 3 as sort of the place we needed to get. If we made it through season 3 and if we could do season 3 right, then it would all be worthwhile.”

It is known: Game of Thrones‘s third season premieres March 21. You can watch the 2 minute clip below:

“Game of Thrones” Showrunners Talk Season 2 and Plans For Season 3

The wait is ALMOST over for the return of HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.” It returns tonight with the highly anticipated season 2.

In a recent interview, the showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, for the series revealed some information fans can expect in the new season such as which characters will get more screen time, the truth behind shooting the scenes with dragons, and some of the changes they made from the George R.R. Martin book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire”. He also revealed the preliminary plans for the third season.

Weiss and Benioff talked about some of the difficulties they encountered when creating season 2. They talked about keeping veteran characters vibrant for fans but also introducing new characters into the season.

Weiss stated,

It’s a bigger fish to fry. It needs to be real battles and dragons and direwolves. And we’ve got all these characters that you’ve hopefully have fallen in love with that we need to keep vibrant. We’ve got all these new people who hopefully will be equally compelling. The way George has dealt with that challenge is to start making the books longer. We will have that luxury if we’re lucky enough to be allowed to continue making the series. But in terms of each season, we got 10 episodes, and that’s literally all that’s conceivable to [produce] of this particular show.”

Benioff added,

You know, what was scary during the first season is you’re doing all this work and you have no idea if it’s just gonna sink into the ocean without a trace. At least knowing that there’s a fan base out there that’s waiting for these shows … that helped a lot.”

The showrunners also talked about problems they had while filming in Iceland. While filming there was a major blizzard that they had to work through, the actors remained professional.

Benioff said,

There was a blizzard. There was a shot where Samwell’s talking to Jon and he looks normal. You cut to Jon, then you cut back to Samwell and he looks like Father Time — like with the snow and the ice just frozen onto his face in just a matter of seconds. It’s really hard to do continuity. [But the actors] never complained once.”

Weiss reminiced on a conversation he had with actor, Kit Harington regarding the blizzard.

I knew it was gonna be pretty rough [on Kit Harington] and there’s no shelter out there for six, eight hours in very cold conditions. And I went up to talk to Kit on his first day of shooting and asked, “How you doing?” He said, “I’ve never ever had a day of shooting that I loved as much as this.”

Oh, and in case you were wondering, they did confirm that fans will see a character from season 1 do their first nude scene, but they aren’t saying who.

Not to ruin anything for people who haven’t read the novel, but there is a major battle scene coming up in season 2. Benioff described how tough it is for actors to film those scenes.

It was pretty much a month straight of night shoots, which is just tough for anybody unless you’re a vampire. It’s Belfast nights, which means it’s cold and it’s usually wet. There was an incredible amount of mud. It’s tough for the crew, but then when you see it on screen and see how good it looks, you see the way the weather affects people. You see the wind blowing their hair and the rain coming down. None of that’s faked.”

Wiess also talked about incorporating dragons into the realistic world they have created within the show.

Ideally you have enough of them and not too much of them. If you’re in a scene where you and I are talking and there’s a dragon sitting next to my water bottle, then you may as well be talking gibberish because no one’s going to see anything except the dragon. You have to be careful with that stuff and not use it when it’s going to be detrimental to what you’re trying to put across.”

It was also confirmed that season 2 will have more deviations from the book, but that the changes are neccessary.

Weiss said,

Definitely more, only because there are characters who are off screen in the book. A lot of the changes keep people front and center who are very important characters.”

Benioff added,

We’re adapting “A Song of Ice and Fire.” So we’re bringing in elements from [Book 3]AStorm of Swords. We don’t think of this season as being strictly an adaptation of A Clash of Kings, it’s really a continuation of our adaptation of the series as a whole. For our purposes, moving some stuff forward helps a lot and pushing some stuff back helps us a lot.”

Season 2 premieres tonight on HBO.

In March 2012, HBO ordered the production of a third and fourth season, which are to cover the third novel in the series, A Storm of Swords, and which are to be filmed concurrently in Northern Ireland from June 2012 to about February 2013.