We've been hearing a lot about how things are about to change in the world of Game of Thrones and now it's official - not only will season 7 be a shorter run but it also won't premiere until later.
The seasons to date have tended to arrive around April, though that has moved around by a few weeks. Now official word from HBO says that we won't be seeing any new episodes until summer 2017, and there's a pretty good reason.
It's all about winter. If you're keeping up with the show you'll know that winter is finally here and that means a certain kind of weather is needed to shoot many of the outdoor scenes. As that would be difficult to accomplish with a late summer shoot, they've moved everything along a few weeks.
Sounds like a very reasonable explanation and not incidentally it gives the creative sorts a little more time to really go big with the episodes. Speaking of which it has also been confirmed that there will only be seven episodes in this upcoming season, and based on previous information that could mean just 6 episodes in the epic eigth and final run.
The end is in sight, and it's going to be big and bloody and brutal.