Following the explosive finale to season 6, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have announced that the next season will be a filler arc while creator George R. R. Martin completes the next book. During the latest season, which finished airing last weekend, the plots depicted in the Emmy-winning HBO television series surpassed the progress in the source material: the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.
It has been six years since
Tite Ku George R. R. Martin published his most recent volume — A Dance of Dragons — and multiple issues have caused the upcoming novel — The Winds of Winter — to be delayed. Benioff and Weiss have assured fans that upcoming seasons will be all filler until the new books are ready to adapt.
Details that have been leaked include an arc where Daenerys Targaryen’s fleet stops at the island of Lys for various hijinx and beach scenes, multiple episodes focusing on the Sand Snakes of Dorne embarking on several ultimately inconsequential missions, and a 3-part flashback to a high school hot springs trip in Winterfell.
Also forthcoming is the introduction of a new character from beyond the Sunset Sea, Chang Ji, a ninja warrior shrouded in stereotypical Asian mysticism who teams up with Arya to bring justice to various bandits in Westeros.
“There’s this one battle scene I’m really excited about where Jon Snow raises his sword and screams for twenty-something minutes. It’s a really poignant scene that really builds up emotion and gives George R. R. Martin some more time to finish the books,” director Alan Taylor tells Anime Maru. “It really drives it home that even though there are these great conflicts, Winter is coming as soon as the next book comes out.”