Bad news for Game of Thrones fans: GOT season 7 are not going to be aired in April 2017. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently announced that the next season's air date "will likely be a bit later" than usual. Winter has arrived in Westeros, but not in the spots where #Game of Thrones most often films their scenes, and this is a big problem.

GOT season 7 premiere date: Benioff and Weiss' statement

Game of Thrones' showrunners revealed on the UFC Unfiltered podcast that the next season of the HBO's show won't be aired in April as usual. "We are starting a bit later because, you know, the end of this season, winter is here, and that means sunny weather doesn’t serve our purposes anymore" showrunners explained, adding that they are pushing back everything down the line to get some grim, grey weather" in the places the show is usually shoot.

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Fewer episodes, more dragons and White Walkers

Instead of beginning to film toward the end of the summer, production for GOT season 7 will probably have to wait until November or December 2017. Even if there will be fewer episodes in the next season, it's very likely that season 7 will feature more dragons, White Walkers and battles than usual, and the digital effects require time.

How long is GOT season 7 delayed?

Benioff and Weiss didn’t say how much later than usual Game of Thrones S7 would begin production, so it's impossible for us to predict when exactly the next season will air, but it's kinda obvious that HBO will not release GOT season 7 in July or August 2017. Hopefully, the premiere date will be set in June, otherwise, even if Game of Thrones season 7 will feature only 7 episodes, it's likely - in our opinion - that it will be aired after August 2017.

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Shorter GOT seasons confirmed

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss also confirmed, in their appearance on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, that season 7 will likely feature only 7 episodes. "We'll probably do 7... the two seasons will be a bit shorter [...]."  According to Benioff, they don't have a definite episode count, "but each season will be a little bit shorter just because each year it takes longer and longer to shoot."