‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Filming in Freezing Winter Conditions

Last July, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed that production for the final season of the Game of Thrones will begin later than usual. Why is the last season of the Game of Thrones airing later than usual? Benioff and Weiss explain, “because at 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.”

Filming is currently taking place in Iceland with several lead cast members including Liam Cunningham, Kit Harrington, and Kristofer Hivju. According to Page Six, the cast and crew have been filming “amid 100 mph winds and a minus 25-celsius wind chill.”

A source close to the Game of Thrones report there is very few hours of daylight, “super jeeps” are need to move equipment, actors arrive on set made up and dressed for filming and shelter is being provided by “Russian tents,” which are anchored down to prevent 100 mph winds.

But, the high force winds are making it difficult to capture dialogue between the actors, Page Six reports. “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.”

Game of Thrones spinoff coming soon?

Game of Thrones Spinoff
AUSTIN – MARCH 13, 2016: Game of Throne fans tour a sneak peak event at SXSW 2016. (stock_photo_world / Shutterstock, Inc.)

While this will mark the end of the Game of Thrones series on HBO, there is speculation that the premium cable network will create a prequel spinoff. Last November, HBO’s President of Programming explained that he had discussions about a prequel with the show’s creator George R.R. Martin. “There are areas we are exploring, but I wouldn’t point to any one and say, ‘This is what we’re going to do.'”