‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Episode Count and Delayed Premiere Date Confirmed

By July 18, 2016

Ahead of the season six premiere, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed that the seventh and eighth seasons of Game of Thrones would be shorter than the rest, estimating that the seventh season would be made up of seven episodes, while the eighth would have six.

Following the season six finale as well, the duo went on to reveal that due to the show’s changing weather and aesthetics, the series would be returning later than usual next year, to allow enough time for the creative team to create the winter settings of the series.

Unfortunately, the latest news doesn’t prove any of those somewhat disappointing statements to be false either. Winter is here after all, and maybe this is what Ned Stark was really warning us all about.

HBO has officially confirmed that the highly-anticipated seventh season will have a total of seven episodes, and is slated for a summer 2017 release date, unlike the previous six seasons which have all arrived in late spring. Casey Bloys, HBO’s President of Programming added:

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

Considering just how well-received the season six finale was, the wait between it and the seventh season premiere was already going to feel longer than usual for Thrones fans. At least now you won’t feel crazy about it though, because it actually will be longer than usual this time around.

Sad? Me too. But when in a moment of personal crisis like this, just do what I do, and blame it on the White Walkers.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable