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HBO has released some news about the next season of their hit franchise, Game of Thrones.

The Network announced today that Game of Thrones: Season Seven will be releasing in the summer of 2017 and will also be a shorter season, airing only seven episodes.

While this has been rumored for quite a while, up until now, each season of the HBO show were 10 episodes in length. HBO has stated that because of A few production delays, Season Seven will arrive in summer 2017 instead of the typical spring premiere date.

The series is getting a delayed start to try to capture “some grim, grey weather” now that winter has officially come on the show, Benioff and Weiss explained.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the story lines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,” HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys said in a press release. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

Season Seven will be filming all over the world (like usual) A few locals that have already been revealed are Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland. Directors Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor will be filming the shortened season.

So, how are you going to fill the void while you wait for the next season of Game of Thrones? Might we recommend the wonderful Stranger Things, which just premiered on Netflix.

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Andrew Esposito is a Senior Editor at Victory Point and a lover of all things entertainment. From movies to video games, his passion is unparalleled. He’s written for sites such as What Culture, Gizorama, Pixel Enemy, and runs an entertainment website called Pop Culturally Insensitive. When he’s not playing or writing about movies and video games, Andrew coaches collegiate football.