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'Game of Thrones' Sets Season 7 Release Date, Episode Count

By Dustin Rowles | Game of Thrones | July 18, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Game of Thrones | July 18, 2016 |

We received hints a few weeks ago that Game of Thrones would be delayed by the lack of snow in next season’s shooting locations (when Winter is Coming, it should look like it). HBO has now made it official, setting the season seven premiere date next summer, instead of the usual spring launch.

For HBO, that’s probably good news, as it extends the time in which Game of Thrones is on the network, meaning subscribers are less likely to cancel (although with The Night Of currently on and Westworld arriving in the fall, there’s currently no need to do so).

HBO also announced that the seventh season will have only seven episodes, instead of the usual ten. This is not surprising, either, as rumors have suggested that the seventh and eighth season — the final of the series — will have fewer episodes.

Shooting next season will take place in Spain. HBO also announced that directors will include Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor.

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