'Game of Thrones' shortened season 7 officially set for summer 2017

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"Games of Thrones" Season 7 will only be seven episodes, and is officially set for a Summer 2017 premiere.

That means the HBO epic will miss the next Emmy period. The series begins shooting later this summer in Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland.

"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," said Bloys. "Instead of the show's traditional spring debut, we're moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule."

Season 7 directors will include Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor. Executive producers are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin and Bryan Cogman; producers, Chris Newman, Greg Spence and Lisa McAtackney.

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