It feels like an eternity since Game of Thrones graced our screens and in the interim Westeros fans have been left wandering a barren TV wasteland not dissimilar to the one traversed by Daenerys Targaryen and the Unsulled of Astapor.
Last broadcast back in late June 2016, with the finale The Winds of Winter providing plenty in the way of plot development and bloodshed, fans were dismayed to later learn that season seven of the show would not only be shorter but would also arrive later in the year.
Traditionally, Game of Thrones has aired in Spring, with the bulk of the series broadcast in and around April. This time around, however, Game of Thrones will go out over the course of summer 2017 with filming talking place in Spain, Northern Ireland and Iceland.
What makes the delay all the more bitter a pill to swallow is the fact that the new series will consist of just seven episodes – three down from the usual ten.
However, Iain Glen, better known as Sir Jorah Mormont the man perpetually stuck in the friend zone with Daenerys, has revealed the real reason behind the change.
Speaking to The Radio Times, Glen explained that the shift was part of a renewed focus on maintaining the quality of the show, rather than the quantity.
“They are taking the length of time it takes to shoot 10 episodes to shoot just seven this year, and six next year,” he said.
“There are 15 more hours left in Thrones as we understand it, but that may change, but that’s as far as we know. I think the scale and size of the set pieces, the world that is being created it’s just getting more and more extraordinary and they feel they need that time to shoot seven hours as opposed to 10.”
With the eighth and final season set to feature just six episodes, Game of Thrones fans had best savour every last drop of Westeros action – there’s not a whole lot left.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.