HBO Confirms New Shortened Season 7 for ‘Game of Thrones’ 

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Winter is here and that means the show’s seasons are getting shorter.

It’s official: Game of Thrones’ next season will be only seven episodes and will not air until summer 2017.

We’ve also learned, via Entertainment Weekly, that the forthcoming penultimate season will be filmed in Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland. This is important because Iceland is where Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch have defended the wall from wildings and White Walkers in past seasons. It’s also been a few years since the show spent much time filming in Iceland, perhaps indicating what many suspect — that big, big things are going to go down in The North.

The push back to summer is to allow the production team to film during the winter months at all locations, which makes since with the years-long winter arriving in Westeros.

There’s no word on Season 8 yet, but it’s a good guess that the final season will be 7-8 episodes as well.

Now… will Arya make it back to Winterfell? Will Jaime become a queenslayer? Will Sansa challenge her half-brother? We have to know!