In just two short days, Season 6 of Game of Thrones will come to an end with The Winds of Winter, with HBO already confirming that this season finale will be the longest episode in the show's history. The long wait to Season 7 will begin on Monday, but even before the finale has aired, some fans have wondered if the historic "Brexit" vote last night will have any impact on the production, since the show does shoot in the United Kingdom. Thankfully, it didn't take long to get an answer.
Last night, British citizens voted in in favor of leaving the European Union by a slim margin of 52% to 48%. Since part of the show is filmed in Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., some have wondered whether the show will be able to draw from a filmmaking fund, known as the European Regional Development Fund. The fund was designed to incentivize productions to shoot in Europe, but now that Great Britain is leaving the European Union, some have wondered if this will impact Game of Thrones' funding. As it turns out, that is not the case, according to a statement HBO gave to Entertainment Weekly.
"We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing Game of Thrones."
The network representative revealed that the show hasn't taken any money from the fund for the past few seasons, so there should be no impact on the production of Season 7. While the filming won't be impacted, fans are still waiting for clarification on Season 7 itself, which has been rumored to be just seven episodes long, with the final season, Season 8, reportedly set to run just six episodes long. Still, that hasn't been confirmed, but we'll have to wait and see if an announcement will come after Season 6 wraps up.
Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) have reportedly agreed to new contracts that will each earn more than $500,000 per episode, for both Season 7 and Season 8. While the future of Game of Thrones is still slightly uncertain, at least in terms how long the show will air, there certainly won't be any problems regarding funding when Season 7 starts shooting. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more updates on Game of Thrones Season 7.