Game of Thrones' fans face longer wait for series seven


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."

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.