The seventh season of “Game of Thrones” might not premiere on HBO in April, but that doesn’t mean that production is getting heavily delayed. HBO just announced in a press release that filming is set to begin “later this summer.”
According to the announcement, production will be based in Northern Ireland, but additional scenes will be filmed in Iceland and Spain. For those hoping to scout out some of the locations, the show will be filming in the Spanish cities of Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo.
“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,” Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming said in the statement. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”
“Game of Thrones” Season 7 will only consist of seven episodes instead of the usual 10. New episodes are slated to premiere in Summer 2017.
For those that need some “Game of Thrones” scoop before then, some cast members will be on hand at San Diego Comic-Con later this week. John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Conleth Hill (Varys), Faye Marsay (The Waif), Hanna Murray (Gilly), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) are scheduled to appear at the pabel, which will be moderated by “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Rob McElhenney. The panel is Friday, July 22 at 2:15 p.m. PDT in Hall H.