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‘Game of Thrones’ S7 premiere pushed back, will only have seven episodes

19 July 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – The hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” continued to disappoint fans as aside from the fact that it has been confirmed to run for only seven episodes this season 7, it has been announced that the release for the next installment has been pushed back for next summer.

“Game of Thrones” usually debuts its next season around April but there have been some major changes as they have moved Season 7’s release by summer 2017.

In the past months, HBO also said that one of the two final seasons will be shortened before the series comes to an end and the confirmation came about “Game of Thrones” Season 7 being shortened to only seven episodes instead of the usual 10.

All of the previous episodes of “Game of Thrones” had 10 episodes each. It remains unclear if some storylines will be cut or all will still be presented based on the book but at a possible faster pace or a shortened version of the story.

“Game of Thrones” Season 7 will reportedly be shot in three locations namely Iceland, Northern Ireland, and Spain. The show will begin its production this summer and continue filming through fall.

It has been years since the “Game of Thrones” team shot in Iceland as they have only shot most of the North of the Wall scenes there as well as when Jon Snow was embedded with the Wildlings camp.

Accordingly, there has been a significant delay in the release of the much anticipated “Game of Thrones” Season 7 despite the shorter number of episodes to film due to the weather. Executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines for the next season will be better captured if the filming started later since winter will be depicted in “Game of Thrones” Season 7.

More on “Game of Thrones” Season 7, the show recently nabbed 23 Emmy nominations. One of the nominations the show is under is Outstanding Best Drama Series.

The main directors for “Game of Thrones” Season 7 also directed the past episodes. Some of them returning are Alan Taylor, Mark Mylod , and Jeremy Podeswa . A new director will be coming in and has been identified as Matt Shakman .