12:14 pm EDT, July 18, 2016

It’s official: ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 will only be 7 episodes, premiere date announced

HBO has shared new details about Game of Thrones season 7, and has confirmed reports that the season will be shorter than usual.

GOT season 7 will run seven episodes and air in Summer 2017, HBO announced Monday. This season will premiere later and run shorter than usual: The season will be seven episodes (it’s typically ten) and premiere in summer (typically spring). Finally, shooting will begin later this summer, to make sure the weather looks as bleak as possible for winter.

“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 HBO President Casey 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. Locations for shooting in Spain will include Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo, according to a statement from HBO.

As previously reported, HBO and Game of Thrones’ showrunners are planning an even shorter season for season 8, which is expected to be the final season.

TV Line notes that the later air date will likely make season 7 ineligible to compete in the 2018 Emmys:

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