By Jay Hunter – Every Game of Thrones fans worst fear has now been confirmed, after speculation arrived earlier this month about us possibly having to wait longer for season 7, HBO have now confirmed that will indeed be the case.

Not only will the show arrive in Summer 2017 instead of it’s usual Spring release. The reason behind this is not only because each season has been getting grander and grander, lengthening the period of post-production, but also now that ‘Winter is here’ the shooting locations need to reflect that.

“Now that winter has arrived on ‘Game of Thrones,’ executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing. Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

So not only will the show arrive later, but it will be a shorter season at 7 episodes too. This is because the shows creators feel they know the exact amount of time needed to tell the rest of the story and 20 episodes (two seasons, ten episodes each) would be too long a timeline.

HBO have not announce a specific release date for the show’s next season, but HBO programming president Casey Bloys made statement on the matter:

“Now that winter has arrived on ‘Game of Thrones,’ executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing. Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

Season 7 will largely be filmed in Northern Ireland, with a number of other cities in Spain (Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo) as well as Iceland. So far Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor have all been confirmed to direct at least one episode each.

Game of Thrones will debut in the summer of 2017 on HBO; an official date has not yet been announced.

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