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'Game of Thrones' Won't Return Until Summer 2017, HBO Confirms

HBO has confirmed what fans of "Game of Thrones" have dreaded: Not only will the seventh season of the hit fantasy drama be shortened, but it won't debut until summer 2017.

Executive Producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised the likelihood of a delay earlier this month -- the show typically premieres in April -- but now the cable network has made it official. And instead of the usual 10 episodes, Season 7 will indeed feature seven.

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

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Locations for Season 7 will include Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland.

(via Entertainment Weekly)

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