Game of Thrones Season 7 Has a Release Date, And It Sucks

Let’s start with the good news. Game of Thrones season 7 is coming, and it’s promising to be more awesome than ever in light of the awesome events of this year’s finale. The bad news? It’s coming a bit later than we expected, summer 2017 to be precise.

Earlier this month, show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss warned fans that the season would be “delayed.” Why? Well, winter is finally here in Westoros, and now filming must take place later in the year to accommodate the colder setting.

But today the president of HBO programming, Casey Bloys, confirmed just how long we’ll be waiting. In a statement, he said:

“Now that winter has arrived on ‘Game of Thrones,’ executive producers David Benioff and DB 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.”

Oh, and before we go, just a little bit more bad news. The next season will only be 7 episodes long, as opposed to the usual 10.

It looks like for Game of Thrones fans, winter really is coming, except in summer.

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