Last time we spoke about Game of Thrones season 7, there was some speculation that it would be delayed past the usual April release date.
HBO have now confirmed that these rumours are true, and that Game of Thrones will not be returning until summer 2017.
They also went on to confirm that as expected, season 7 will be shorter than usual, with only seven episodes total in the entire season. They also added that they will be shooting the upcoming season in Northern Ireland, Spain, and Iceland.
It’s been a while since the Thrones guys shot in Iceland, as it was primarily used for North of the Wall scenes when Jon was at the old wildling camp. So this insinuates a heavy focus on the North next season, as we know that Northern Ireland is used for locations such as Riverrun and Winterfell.
HBO’s Casey Bloys said “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.”
An interesting implication of the shift in schedule is that next year’s season will not be eligible for the Emmys, opening up their spot to some other contenders.