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HBO has set a date for the start of Games of Thrones Season 7. It will return for its seven-episode seventh season on Sunday Judy 15h 2017 in the 9:00-10:00pm EP/PT slot on HBO in the US.

In the UK Sky Atlantic will show the episode at the same time. This will be late at night because of the time difference from America. Therefore the official UK release date is Monday July 17th 2017 at 2am. It will also be repeated in an evening slot later that day.

Games of Thrones Season 7 changes

Your note that this is not only later in the year but also shortly than previous years.

The reason for the later timing is so the production team had more appropriate weather conditions to film in to fit the winter conditions the story requires.

The seven episode run, as opposed to it’s usual 10 episodes is down to what is left to complete the story. The producers felt the story ran around just 13 more episodes when keeping their normal pace. With HBO’s famous artistic flexibility it was then decided that the show would have just two more seasons of seven episodes a piece.

Games of Thrones background

Games of Thrones is based on the popular book series “A Song of Ice and Fire”, by George RR Martin. The fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. The series popularity with fans has also been reflected in the many Emmy awards that it has won.

The full cast and crew of Games of Thrones Season 7 has yet to be announced. Last years Games of Thrones Season 6 included Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage. It also had Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen and Kit Harington. They were joined by Diana Rigg, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Jonathan Pryce.

Executive producers were David Benioff, DB Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield. Co-executive producers were Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and of course, George RR Martin.

Season 6 Episode 3 - Peter Dinklage
Season 6 Episode 3 “Oathbreaker” – Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) ©2016 HBO, photo by Helen Sloan