Winter Is Has Come To Westeros, But ‘Game Of Thrones’ Won’t Return For A Long Time With Only 7 Episodes Next Season

Winter has finally arrived in Westeros. That’s why Game of Thrones will be filming in Iceland for certain parts of Westeros in the upcoming Season 7. However, Game of Thrones will not return to your screen until the summer of 2017.

From Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming:

“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.”

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Besides Iceland, Season 7 will be shot in Northern Ireland and Spain.

If having the series pushed back from its regular April release wasn’t bad enough, it was confirmed that Season 7 will only have seven episodes to allow them to create even higher production values.

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GoT showrunners revealed that there would only be 13-15 hours left in the hit fantasy show for Seasons 7 and 8.

This is horrible news for Game of Thrones fans, but the critical last episodes are expected to be packed with full-scale battles like the Battle of the Bastards. Plus you can’t argue with the results thus far. Last week, Game of Thrones received 23 Emmy nominations, the most of any nominee for the third year in a row, including Outstanding Drama Series.

But before you go all Tommen, they also teased that there could be a spin-off.

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