It’s been less than two weeks since the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale blew us away like a thousand kegs of wildfire, but fans are already clamoring for reports on what to expect from Season 7.

Well, we recently received a raven from Castle Black – and we regret to inform you that it’s dark and full of terrors:

Season 6 started later than any previous installment, and with grand-scale masterpieces like “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter,” it’s not hard to see why production took a little longer than usual.

Unfortunately, the wait for Season 7 may be longer than winter in Westeros, and it’s not because of (or at least it’s not entirely because of) the show’s ever-increasing budget demands.

“We’re starting a little 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,” showrunner D.B. Weiss recently told Entertainment Weekly

“We kind of pushed everything down the line so we could get some grim, gray weather, even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”

Yes, after several seasons of stern warnings from House Stark, winter has finally arrived.

Given how long it took the weather to change (Seasons in Westeros aren’t slaves you calendar, maaaan!), it’s expected to be a long and particularly brutal one.

That means that even the sunnier climes like King’s Landing might be in store for a blast of winter chill.

Better than that last blast, amirite?!

Sorry, is it still too soon for Sept of Baelor jokes?

Fortunately, since this season will likely be shorter than the previous 6 (Weiss and partner David Benioff say there’s likely only 13 episodes remaining), the delay in production doesn’t necessarily mean a later season premiere.

Watch Game of Thrones online at TV Fanatic to reminiscence on the awesomeness that was Season 6.

Then weep for the fact that you’ll be waiting at least 10 months for new GoT.