The season premiere of "Game of Thrones" has become a spring viewing tradition for its legions of fans. A later-than-usual production schedule for season 7, however, means winter will be coming in the summer of 2017. HBO released a statement on Monday saying shooting will begin later this summer and the debut will then move to summer of next year to accommodate that change.
It was already known that filming was likely to be delayed for this season since the showrunners are waiting for cooler weather to fit the wintry theme. HBO also revealed that production will be based in Northern Ireland with additional locations in Spain and Iceland. The series previously used Iceland for scenes taking place beyond the great ice wall. Winter is no longer coming. It's here.
Season 7 will also go on an episode diet as HBO confirms rumors of a seven-episode run. That's down from the usual 10. Fueled by blood, lust, violence and dragons, "Game of Thrones" is a cultural juggernaut, but it also pulls in plenty of critical acclaim. The series attracted 23 Emmy nominations this year. HBO has yet to reveal concrete plans for season 8 or how many episodes it will contain.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)