HBO has made the not unexpected announcement that the seventh season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will be run for a shortened length of seven episodes that will premiere later in the year – sometime in Summer 2017 to be precise.
Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming says in a statement: “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.”
As per usual, production will be based in Northern Ireland while additional portions will be filmed in Spain and Iceland. HBO has also announced that the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 Blu-ray and DVD release date has been moved up with a November 15th release. That season is also going digital early and will be available to purchase on August 1st.
The recent sixth season pulled in an average 25.1 million viewers for its ten-episode run including linear plays on the pay cable network and its sister channels, DVR, on-demand and streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. Easily the most-watched series modern HBO history, the number is up significantly from the fifth season’s average of 20.2 million viewers per episode.