It's official, Game Of Thrones series seven delayed to summer 2017

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.

A scene from Game Of Thrones
Game Of Thrones' Maisie Williams has just received an Emmy nomination for her role in the fantasy series (Sky Atlantic)

The cast and crew are set to return to Iceland for filming for the upcoming series, a location that hasn't primarily been used since Jon 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.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Kit Harington as Jon Snow (HBO/Sky Atlantic)

Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, said in a statement: "Now that winter has arrived on Game Of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and DB 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."

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.

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