After months of rumours HBO has confirmed that the upcoming seventh season of Game Of Thrones will be shorter.
Rather than the ten episodes that have been ordered for the show’s first six seasons, the network has instead only ordered seven episodes for next season.
The decision was made by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who had previously hinted at smaller orders for the show going forward, as it nears its conclusion in season eight.
Additionally, fans will have a slightly longer wait for the next seven episodes. HBO has confirmed that, owing to creative considerations, production on the new season will not begin until later this year in Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland – meaning that it will not premiere until Summer 2017. All previous seasons of Game Of Thrones have premiered in April.
“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 of Programming for HBO. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”