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Thrones fans face a wait to get their fix of new series

By Helen Pye

Published 19/07/2016

Game Of Thrones' fans will have to wait a little longer for series seven of the show - and Northern Ireland may not have the prominence it has enjoyed so far.

HBO bosses said that instead of the traditional April air date, the show is being pushed back to summer 2017.

The cast and crew are set to return to Iceland for filming of the forthcoming series, a location that has not primarily been used since Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was north of the wall with the wildlings, as well as Spain and Northern Ireland. They also confirmed that the series will be shorter at seven episodes instead of the usual 10 for the first time.

HBO chief Casey Bloys said: "Now that winter has arrived on Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and DB 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.

"Instead of the show's traditional spring debut, we're moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule."

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