Usually at this time of the year we’d be on the verge of another exhilarating season of HBO’s Game of Thrones which usually premiers in April. But alas, as we all probably know by now season 7 will hit our TV screens a lot later than that. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss the showrunners previously confirmed the reason behind the delay as production had started later than usual since they had to shoot in Winter.
“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 kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim, gray weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”
Now according to Page Six the producers wishes have been granted as cast members currently stationed in Iceland, include Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), and the long awaited return of the messiah Joe Dempsie (Gendry). The poor blokes “have been shooting amid 100 mph winds and a minus 25 celsius wind chill.”
A source on the set said, “Daylight is scarce here [five to six hours a day]. Super jeeps are needed to bring in equipment, and much is then transported by hand… The actors are made up and dressed in hotels and driven to location 90 percent ready to shoot… Shelter is provided by ‘Russian tents’ that are anchored down, and able to be heated, and [can] withstand 100 mph winds.”
And the winds made it hard to record the dialogue between characters. The insider continued, “High winds caused words to be ‘whipped away’ — shouting became the norm. And despite the cold, there was an issue with a lack of snow in the lowland locations.” (Via)
Game of Thrones season 7 is expected to air sometime in the summer.