HBO has confirmed that “Game Of Thrones” Season 7 will in fact be delayed, with a tentative premiere date now scheduled for summer 2017. The show has always kicked off its seasons at the end of March or in April, and this setback to the summer means that it will officially miss the Emmys deadline for the very first time. The show earned 23 nominations this year, but don’t expect it to be in the 2017 race given the show’s summer 2017 start date.
Showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have also been very honest about the remaining two seasons having reduced episode orders. Each season of “Game of Thrones” has run 10 episodes, but HBO has revealed that Season 7 will only have seven. The network previously announced the directors who would be helming the new episodes, including franchise favorites Jeremy Podeswa and Mark Mylod and newcomer Matt Shakman.
“Now that winter has arrived, 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,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys in an official statement. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”
Production on Season 7 is set to begin later this summer in Northern Ireland, with additional portions being filmed in Spain and Iceland.