Games of Thrones is coming. Eventually. Much later than we hoped.
After an action-packed Season Six, where all the major things happened, HBO has recently announced the plans for Season Seven, and hardcore fans of the hit fantasy show will be disappointed, to say the least. According to Entertainment Weekly, the premium cable channel confirmed a long-standing rumor that next year’s offering will only consist of seven episodes, instead of the usual ten. Show execs have gone on record as saying they only have roughly 13-or-14 more hours of story to tell, meaning that the eighth and final season may also only have six or seven episodes.
The other major change for 2017 will be when Game of Thrones actually airs. We have grown accustomed to having the season premiere somewhere in mid-to-late March, but Season Seven is going to truly test our patience. The show won’t return until Summer, in part because the shooting schedule has been pushed back in order to wait for Europe (where much of the show is shot) to actually hit winter. If you watched Season Six, then you know that Winter has finally come in Westeros, meaning that the show needs grey skies and cold environments.
“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.”