It was previously reported that “Game of Thrones” would have a delayed production schedule because, you know, winter has finally come. It was speculated that this would mean a later premiere date and that has now been confirmed.
It was just announced by Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming, that the seventh season has a debut slated for summer 2017 on HBO.
It was also revealed that production will take place in Northern Ireland to get the wintery scenes, while additional portions will be filmed in Spain and Iceland. Locations for shooting in Spain will include Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo.
There is no date yet for the summer premiere but it should be announced soon.
“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.”
Last week, Game of Thrones received 23 Primetime Emmy nominations, the most of any nominee for the third year in a row. This year’s nominations include Outstanding Drama Series, 2 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington), 3 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Max von Sydow), 2 for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Miguel Sapochnik, Jack Bender) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss).