For the past few years, we’ve grown accustomed to getting the new season of Game of Thrones every spring but as the show nears its logical conclusion and following the arrival of winter in the realm, HBO has decided to delay the Game of Thrones season 7 release and has even cut down the number of episodes that will be in this season. This lines up with speculation that the final season is actually going to be divided into two seasons which will mark the end of this epic series.
HBO has decided to skip the show’s traditional spring debut and release the first episode of Game of Thrones season 7 in summer 2017. This is being done to accommodate the shooting schedule.
Executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss believe now that winter has arrived in Game of Thrones, the storylines of the next season will be better served by starting production later than usual, revealed HBO programming president Casey Bloys.
The executive producers have previously confirmed that shooting has been delayed due to weather. Winter is here, so sunny weather doesn’t fit the bill anymore, they will have to start production later than usual to incorporate the season change.
What this announcement also reveals is that Game of Thrones is likely going to end in 2018, possibly long before George R.R. Martin is able to pen the ending to the A Song of Ice and Fire series that Game of Thrones is based on.