For the past several games, HBO’s Game of Thrones has typically been released around April, although last year we heard that season 7 would be delayed. However back then there were no specific dates mentioned, but if you were somehow hoping that maybe it might not be delayed, you’ll be disappointed to learn that it has.

During a Facebook Live event (via EW), HBO confirmed the airing date for season 7 for the 16th of July. This represents about a 3 month delay from the original April date that we’ve all grown accustomed to, but at least with a solid date in sight we now have something to count down towards and look forward to. Prior to this all HBO could say that the show would be arriving in the summer.

That being said, season 7 of Game of Thrones will be its second last season and it will not feature 10 episodes as per other seasons. HBO had previously confirmed that Game of Thrones will be coming to an end in season 8, with season 7 running for 7 episodes while season 8 will run with 6 episodes. We know that many will miss the series, but we guess better it has a definite conclusion than being dragged on and milked for all its worth.

It should be noted that the remainder seasons (including the previous season) are no longer based on the book as George R.R. Martin has yet to conclude the series himself. However the author has told show’s creators what he planned for the ending of the series (broadly, not specifically), so whether or not they are working towards that and eventually conclude the same way remains to be seen.

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