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After much ado about the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones being delayed for weather-related reasons, HBO announced today that its fantasy epic will officially begin production at the end of the summer with a premiere date set for the summer of 2017.
The seven-episode season will shoot primarily at the production home base of Belfast, Northern Ireland, with additional production taking place in Spain (site of Dorne, offering a hint as to where Dany and her fleet might be heading, and Meereen) and Iceland (site of The Wall). HBO also announced that Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman, and Alan Taylor would be returning to direct episodes in the penultimate season.
This has been a great week for the series, with it securing 23 Emmy nominations, including nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, two for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington), three for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Max von Sydow), two for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Miguel Sapochnik, Jack Bender) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss).
However, the delay until summer of 2017 means that Game of Thrones will not be eligible for the 2017 Emmy Awards. As soon as HBO announces the actual premiere date, Entertainment Fuse will be sure to let you know.