HBO confirms 'Game of Thrones' season 7 to premiere in summer 2017

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HBO has finally confirmed many of the rumors about "Game of Thrones'" anticipated seventh season, and we doubt fans will be pleased with the news.

The company officially announced Monday that season 7 will only consist of seven episodes and won't premiere until summer 2017.

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Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed earlier this month that production on the hit drama had to be delayed to accommodate the fact that winter has now arrived in Westeros. "We're starting a little bit later because, you know, [at] the end of the season 'Winter is here,' and that means sunny weather doesn't really serve our purposes anymore. So we kind of pushed everything down the line so we can get some grim grey weather, even in the sunnier places we shoot," Weiss said at the time.

Since production on "Game of Thrones'" seventh season won't even begin until later this summer, HBO has pushed the drama's traditional spring debut to next summer. This means that "Thrones," which was nominated for 23 Emmys this year and won Best Drama last year, will be ineligible for the Emmys in 2017, since the cut-off date is May 31.