Game Of Thrones Season 7: rough air date confirmed

The 7th season of Game Of Thrones will air later than usual

If you’ve been following all the latest Game Of Thrones news as avidly as we have been then you will know that changes are afoot for the seventh season. With quite a substantial amount of characters having been offed in Season 6, the focus is narrowing, and the end game approaching. Winter is coming.

Indeed, HBO are taking the last sentence literally, with it being announced that Season 7 will air later in the year summer 2017, as opposed to its usual April slot. The reason for this was pretty much confirmed by creators David Benioff and DB Weiss, who want to allow some of the show’s most important filming locations – such as Iceland and Northern Ireland – to become more wintery, in keeping with the chilling climes that will accompany the show now that its coldest season has been reached.

In addition, it has been confirmed that both Seasons 7 and 8 – the two final seasons, nonetheless – will comprise just seven episodes each, as opposed to the usual 10 that accompany them. While we’d like to see more than this (wouldn’t we all?), at least the show is doing things on its own terms. The last few years have seen the TV series diverge from the plot of the books to the extent that it has become a different entity altogether – knowing the books doesn’t necessarily mean that you know the series anymore.

Whatever happens, it’s sure to be epic. Reliable directors like Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa and Alan Taylor are back on board, and with much of what has to rank as one of the best ensemble casts on television still intact, you can be sure that Game Of Thrones will go out with a bang.

Game Of Thrones: Season 7 will air on Sky Atlantic in 2017. For all the latest TV news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.