Game of Thrones season 7 is one of the most highly-anticipated series this year. But not known to many, its cast members have been enduring subzero weather just to make the scenes realistic.
Apparently, some of the cast members have been filming scenes in Iceland amidst its 100-mph winds and a minus 13 Fahrenheit wind chill. In fact, the strong and chilly winds made it hard for the crew to record the dialogue between characters.
According to Page Six, among the stars filming in Iceland are Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Joe Dempsie (Gendry), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), and Rory McCann (Sandor “the Hound” Clegane). The publication cited a source on the set saying:
“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.”
The insider added the high winds caused words to “whipped away.” This made shouting a normal occurrence on set.
There have been speculations that scenes shot in Iceland revolved around the members of the Night’s Watch that are heading north of the Wall on a mission. Harington recently shared on Instagram a photo of him along with other cast members while in an icy set. He captioned the photo: “Men of The Nights Watch!”
Game of Thrones Season 7 Premiere Date
HBO has not yet confirmed a debut date for season 7. Normally, GoT premieres its new season in the spring but this year, a summer release is more likely.
In July 2016, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss pushed back the premiere of the seventh season, saying they need to shoot in a winter weather. In an appearance in UFC Unfiltered podcast, they said:
“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.”
Earlier this year, IMDb have reportedly leaked the premiere date for season 7. According to the site, the debut episode of the upcoming season will air on June 25. The information however has now been deleted from the website.
The GoT bosses also previously revealed that the final two seasons of the Emmy-winning show would be shorter than usual. Actor Iain Glenn (Jorah Mormont), however, hinted that some episodes could run over an hour.
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