If it wasn’t bad enough that HBO has officially confirmed that the seventh season of ‘Game of Thrones‘ was going to be the shortest of all seasons, we now have to wait even longer to see it! There are only two seasons left in the epic saga penned by George R.R. Martin and instead of being able to check it out in March or April as we have been in the past, this one won’t be launched until Summer. Not only that but instead of 10 episodes that fans are used to, we are officially getting the rumored 7 that we’ve been hearing about for months.

Bad news all around. Even worse though is that the delayed release date means that it won’t be able to get Emmy nominations in 2017 even though it just was able to land 23 for the current year. This was the third year in a row that the series has had the most Emmy nominations and next there won’t be a single one that it can score.

HBO programming president Casey Bloys says that:

“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.”

While we don’t know when the series will premiere, they are at least making sure that they can get the look down as much as possible. This is both a boon for the show in being able to capture the feel that they want for making fans happy but also a blow as we’re all up in arms about the shortened season already and now the delay on top of things.

Showrunners have previously said that:

“We don’t have an air date yet. We’re starting a bit later because at the end of this season, ‘winter is here’ — and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes anymore. So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim, gray weather, even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”

So while it is a shame that we have to wait, at least they are keeping the look in line with what the series has been promising since the first episode – Winter is coming!

Are you looking forward to the finale of ‘Game of Thrones’ or is a short two season split with a delayed start just annoying? Share your thoughts below!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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