HBO has confirmed that Season 7 of Game of Thrones will be shorter, and later, than usual.
HBO has confirmed that Season 7 of Game of Thrones will premiere in Summer 2017, a few months later than typical, in order to accommodate the shooting schedule "now that winter has arrived." Additionally, the season will be shorter than typical, with only seven episodes rolling out.
"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," Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, said in a press release today. "Instead of the show's traditional spring debut, we're moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule."
Last week Game of Thrones received 23 Emmy nominations for its sixth season - the most of any nominee for the third year in a row - including acting nods for Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, and Maisie Williams, along with Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, and more.