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'Game of Thrones' Season Seven to Debut in Summer 2017

HBO’s signature series Game of Thrones will launch its seventh season next summer, the network said Monday.

The series, which garnered a TV series high 23 Emmy nominations last week, will begin filming its seventh season later this summer, according to Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming. The series typically debuts in April, but Bloys said the network will delay the premiere to “accommodate the shooting schedule” of the fantasy series.

“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,” said Bloys in a statement.

R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

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