(SP) – Producers for HBO’s popular series Game Of Thrones confirmed today that shooting for Season 7 will not be able to continue until Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski finishes filming the 2016-17 season of basketball.

“We’ve shot ahead as much as we can, but we can’t do anything else until we get Przemek back on the set,” said showrunner David Benioff. “I obviously don’t want to give too much away, but he figures prominently in the plot for the upcoming season. I’ll just say that there’s a scene where he swats a dragon out of there like it’s a weak lay-up attempt.”

Karnowski plays a powerful yet lovable giant in the critically-acclaimed show and was expected to be able to join the rest of the cast and crew in Belfast to film by mid-March.

“Nothing against Przemek, but I think everyone expected his Gonzaga thing to end the first weekend of the Tournament,” said Benioff. “We didn’t really leave any flexibility in the filming schedule. I guess that’s on us, but I mean… come on. Gonzaga.”

Despite the delay, HBO still expects the next season of Game Of Thrones to be ready in time for its planned release in July, but there is some concern about Karnowski’s availability for future seasons.

“If he plays himself into the NBA Draft, I’d expect his asking price for Season 8 will go way up,” said an HBO source. “Threatening to leave a show to play in the NBA would be one of the more unique leverage plays in Hollywood history.”

 

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