Winter Is Coming….Eventually!

WARNING – Some very minor spoilers ahead.

It has recently been reported by various outlets of the news and journalistic persuasion that the eagerly awaited seventh season of the juggernaut that is Game of Thrones will likely be delayed into the latter stages of 2017 and so will not be ready to be released to the world for its usual April slot. Some may think this a ‘dire’ tragedy indeed, akin to getting a special part of yourself ripped out of your body (sorry Theon) and there will be little to appease you in the slightest. And others may have a slightly calmer perspective. As calm and as level headed as Varys walking amongst the hallways of Littlefinger’s brothel in Kings Landing.

Actually, know that I think about it, missing male love appendages are a recurring theme in this show, odd.

As you may know if you are a fervent fan of this series, like myself, then it has been six years since Ned Stark uttered the fateful words “Winter is Coming”. At the apex of the final episode of season six, the show itself had finally ushered in this period of dread and woe that will most likely (if the progress of the story is anything to go by) bring forth all the fury and aggression of a legion of White Walkers with it as they march southward. Although at the pace they have been going at they will need another six seasons at least for them to get their arses into gear and start their bloody invasion already. Are they waiting for Christmas or what?! See, now I am imagining the Nights King wearing a Santa hat over his crown of icicles. Merry Deathmas everybody! The result is that each new episode will need to depict a darker, colder atmosphere to accurately portray this wintery weather.

The showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have provided an explanation in their own words.

“We’re starting a 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. So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim, grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.” – from the UFC Unfiltered podcast.

So we will probably have to wait a little bit longer before we can get stuck into the Throne Games once again. And I am fine with this outcome.

There are many folk out there who will discover this news for themselves, and likely also the knowledge that seasons seven and eight may have only seven episodes a piece instead of the usual ten, and may have a little tantrum. People like to have all the things that they want and they like to have them NOW, or as soon as bloody possible.

I personally favour the patient approach. Many of my favourite shows, films, games and what have you have a tendency to be delayed from time to time with varying reasons. Even though I may sigh a little bout of minor disappointment, each time I realise that there is probably a damn good reason why such delays happen. If the directors, creators, writers, producers of any given project need more time to perfect their work then I say by all means Mr Creator Man or Woman, take all the time you need. Who am I to question how you should proceed with your own work? And so if you are one those impatient peoples pining for Daenerys and her dragons to dominate the denizens of Westeros, I ask you the following question.

Would you rather have an inadequate, below par, disappointing pile of crap that used to resemble something of fine quality? Or would you prefer to have a refined, well-tended, perfectly crafted product that will likely meet, if not exceed, your lofty expectations?

Some delays can last for years and when that happens I can completely understand the justified bemoaning of those who wish to get stuck into something they care about enough to want it that badly. There is such a thing as taking the piss, and your sweet merry time, to bring a project to the fans after it has been announced. Am I right Axl Rose? How long did your fans have to wait for the album Chinese Democracy? But when it is only for a few months I really don’t mind the wait.

After six seasons, and sixty episodes, of absolutely stunning fantasy drama and warfare in Westeros and Essos, I think it is safe to assume that the shows directors can be trusted to do what needs to be done too make it the best it can possibly be. So surely something as good as this is worth the wait a little while longer?

Winter is coming…..in time…..eventually! Somebody send Jon Snow a hot water bottle in the meantime, since he apparently knows nothing, he probably doesn’t realise it’s going to get a bit chilly. Can you wait any longer for Game of Thrones to return?

Forged From a patient Reverie.

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