Game of Thrones fans seethe as Season 7 delayed while further changes announced
Game of Thrones fans will have to wait a little longer for series seven of the show.
HBO bosses confirmed that instead of the traditional April air date, the show is being pushed back to summer 2017 to accommodate shooting schedules.
The cast and crew are set to return to Iceland for filming for the forthcoming series, a location that has not primarily been used since Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was north of the Wall with the wildlings, as well as Spain and Northern Ireland.
They also confirmed that the series will be shorter at seven episodes instead of the usual 10 for the first time.
Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, said in a statement: "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.
"Instead of the show's traditional spring debut, we're moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule."
Fans of the show were less than pleased:
"game of thrones season 7 doesn't start until summer 2017 and will only have 7 episodes" pic.twitter.com/wOW82jVvPZ— PerksOfBeingAFanboy. (@LiamKelsall) July 18, 2016
I miss Game of Thrones.— snowflake △⃒⃘ // 8 (@mychemicalester) July 9, 2016
I need season 7 now.
when you're finally done binge watching Game of Thrones and life has no meaning until season 7 pic.twitter.com/XgBA6cbial— j c m e n d i o l a (@_JCMen) July 9, 2016
WHAT THE FUCK!! WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT EVEN LONGER FOR GAME OF THRONES SEASON 7?!!! Aarrrgghhhjjjjforjndkfejjsfneos!!!!&:£!— Toby (@ToByZoNe) July 9, 2016
The eighth and final season is expected to follow in 2018.
Game of Thrones picked up 23 Emmy nominations last week, the most of any show nominated.