Game of Thrones Season 7 Review

The seventh season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones was ordered by HBO on April 21, 2016, just three days before the premiere of the show’s sixth season. Like the previous season, it will largely consist of original content currently not found in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, but also adapts material from the upcoming sixth and seventh novels The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. The season will premiere later than usual, in mid-2017. Unlike previous seasons that all consisted of ten episodes, the seventh season will consist of seven episodes.

Series creators and executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss will serve as showrunners for the seventh season. The directors for the seventh season are Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod and Matt Shakman. Shakman is a first-time Game of Thrones director, with the rest each having directed multiple episodes in previous seasons. Michele Clapton will return to the show as costume designer, after spending some time away from the show in the sixth season. She previously worked on the show for the first five seasons.

Filming has begun in August 2016 and will end in February 2017. In an interview with the showrunners, it was announced that the filming of the seventh season would be delayed until later in the year due to necessary weather conditions for filming.

The showrunners stated “We’re starting a bit later because, you know, 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.”

Negotiations for shooting locations for the seventh season was reported, with the Canary Islands reportedly in discussion with the series to film portions of the upcoming season. Girona, Spain will not be returning as one of the filming locations. Girona stood in for Braavos and parts of King’s Landing. It was later announced that the seventh season will film in Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland, with filming in Northern Ireland beginning in August 2016. The series will film in the Spanish cities Seville, Cáceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo.

It was reported on June 21, 2016, that the five main cast members, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington had been in contract negotiations for the final two seasons. It was reported that the cast members have increased their salary to $500,000 per episode for the seventh and eighth season.

Game of Thrones is gearing up for the end. HBO announced season eight will be the final season.

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