HBO Confirms Some Big News About ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7

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Looks like you’re going to have to wait until next summer for winter to arrive.

HBO has confirmed that the 7-episode seventh season of Game of Thrones will begin shooting later this summer. Since production on the Emmy Award-winning series will commence a little later than usual, the show’s traditional spring debut has been pushed back to the summer.

“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,” President of HBO Programming Casey Bloys said in a statement. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the immensely popular drama earning an astounding 23 Emmy nominations the most of any series — including Outstanding Drama Series. According to Deadline, the series’ delayed season 7 debut, could mean it won’t be eligible to submit for the Emmys next year.

Production on the upcoming season will be based in Northern Ireland, while additional portions of the series will be filmed in Spain and Iceland. Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman, and Alan Taylor have all been announced as directors for the upcoming seventh season.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO with all new episodes in the summer of 2017.

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