‘Game of Thrones’: HBO Confirms Summer 2017 Return, Shorter Episode Count

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Winter is coming…but in the summer.

HBO has confirmed that the award-winning series Game of Thrones will begin shooting the seventh season later this summer, with the seven-episode season debuting in summer 2017. Fans are usually used to an April premiere, so this is basically our nightmare coming true along with a shorter season. Gasp!

“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,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

Season seven directors will include Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor. Locations for shooting in Spain will include Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo.

The news comes on the heels of last week’s announcement where Game of Thrones received a whopping 23 Emmy nominations including best drama series along with first-time nominees Kit Harrington and Maisie Williams.

Season seven credits: The executive producers of GAME OF THRONES are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin and Bryan Cogman; producers, Chris Newman, Greg Spence and Lisa McAtackney.

PHOTO CREDIT: HBO

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