HBO has released details of the seventh season confirming that it will consist of just seven episodes instead of the standard 10 even worse, the series will miss its usual March/April timeline to launch in summer 2017 instead.
“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,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”
This shouldn’t come as a shock as executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently hinted at the delay. Saying:
“We’re starting a bit later because at the end of this season, ‘winter is here,’ and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes anymore. So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim, gray weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”
A later launch will also mean that Game of Thrones will miss out on the 2017 Emmys. Which is a shame as the epic has 23 nominations for this years awards.
Production will begin this summer and the confirmed directors for season seven include Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor.