‘Game Of Thrones’ season seven: premiere date and episode count confirmed

Find out when the next season airs and how many episodes there will be

It has been confirmed that Game Of Thrones season 7 will air later than usual and consist of fewer episodes than in the past.

The sixth season of the hit HBO fantasy show recently concluded, and it has been revealed that seasons seven and eight will be the last two to air.

It had previously been rumoured that the premiere date of season seven had been delayed. Typically, each new series of the HBO show has started in April, but that will not be the case with the penultimate series.

HBO has now confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the show’s broadcast date has been pushed back to summer 2017.

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Casey Bloys, President of HBO programming, explained the decision: “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,” Bloys added.

It has also been confirmed that the new season will consist of seven episodes, rather than the usual ten. It is also expected that the eighth and final season will comprise of six episodes in total.

Meanwhile, Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have suggested that a spin-off series could potentially come to fruition.