'Game of Thrones' spoilers for Season 7 have been released and fans are both excited and a little upset. It has recently been revealed that the HBO fantasy series will return next year but it will happen much later than usual. On top of that, rather than a 10 episode season, fans will only get to enjoy seven episodes after waiting for more than a year to find out what happens to the Seven Kingdoms and the balance of power after such a stunning end to Season 6.

Winter is here

For those who are not caught up on "Game of Thrones," there will be spoilers ahead so you have been warned.

Fans of the epic tale adapted from the George R. R. Martin novels already know that the series will be winding down. Previous "Game of Thrones" spoilers revealed that there are two seasons left and that both of them will be shorter than what viewers have grown accustomed to as the series winds down to complete the story.

Now we have learned via an HBO press release that the popular series will be making a comeback in the summer of 2017, rather than the spring as usual. Additionally, the total episodes will be cut to seven as we learn the fate of the Seven Kingdoms and those who are in power and trying to take power.

When we left off at the end of Season 6, Cersei had just pulled one of the most cunning stunts ever as she blew up the entire religious order and everyone who she considered her enemy. Now Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne as the balance of power in the entire region has shifted almost exclusively to women.

Will shorter season 7 disappoint fans?

As for the reason that "Game of Thrones" will be coming back so much later than usual, it all has to do with the weather.

According to Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, the decision to release Season 7 so much later in the year has everything to do with winter. As in, "Winter is coming." Well, with winter already here, those in the know have decided to start filming much later so they can take advantage of the natural elements of winter.

Filming for "Game of Thrones" takes place mostly inNorthern Ireland, Spain, and Iceland so it makes sense that with Winter having arrived at this point, production wants to make the most of it.

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