Coming off one of the series strongest seasons yet, HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones is set to begin production on its seventh season.
The series will begin shooting its next season later this summer, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming.
Production of the seven-episode seventh season will be based in Northern Ireland, while additional portions will be filmed in Spain and Iceland.
Currently, the seventh season of Game of Thrones is slated to premiere summer of 2017.
“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. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”
Last week, Game of Thrones received 23 Primetime Emmy® nominations, the most of any nominee for the third year in a row.
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