Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss popped by the UFC Unfiltered podcast hosted by Matt Serra and Jim Norton. The brainy duo behind the TV fantasy smash appeared on the seventh episode, which went online yesterday. While talking about their work on the show, they were asked if it was coming back next April and they revealed that they pushed back the production and likely the airing schedule this year to get the best filming conditions.
We don’t have an air date yet but this year it’ll probably be a little bit later. We’re starting a bit later because you know, 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.
While Benioff & Weiss confirmed that two season remain, they didn’t say how many episodes. Most recently, in a post-finale interview with Deadline, Benioff said “let’s call it 73” in regards to how many total episodes the series would have, implicitly confirming that the plan currently is for season 7 to have seven episodes and season 8 to have six.
They also discussed the logistics of the season’s epic battle episode “Battle of the Bastards” and demurred on the topic of a Game of Thrones prequel series, saying more “pressing” matters were occupying their attention and they “hadn’t had time to think through the details of it.” Lastly, they also evaded when asked about the fate of Gendry, the king’s bastard last seen rowing away to safety. Where is he? “Still rowing” apparently. The Gendry thread remains untied.
Known for radio silence after seasons, the pair have been a bit more forthcoming since season 6 ended, what with the above interview and the podcast. They’re also scheduled to appear at the Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel on Friday, July 22.