HBO has confirmed that the next season of Game of Thrones will debut later than usual with just seven episodes rather than the usual 10.

Season seven of Game of Thrones will now air during the Summer of 2017 and will consist of just seven episodes. The reason… Well… Winter isn’t coming.

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

Both Benioff and Weiss previously revealed that shooting of the next season had been pushed back due to the weather, saying  “We’re starting a bit later because, you know, the end of this season, winter is here, and that means sunny weather doesn’t serve our purposes anymore.” A statement HBO has now confirmed.

As for the lack of episodes, well its coming closer to the end of Game of Thrones with Season eight touted as the shows final season. In an interview with Deadline, Benihoff said that the show had around fifteen episodes left, at most:

“From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that’s what we’ll end up with. Call it 73 for now. What Dan says is really true, but it’s not just trying not to outstay your welcome. We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end,” he said.

That means that with this seven episode run, season eight will likely too have seven or eight episodes to show who’ll win the Iron Throne.

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