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HBO Announces Episode Count & More For GAME OF THRONES’ Final Season

By on July 18, 2016
Pictured: Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

Pictured: Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

Forget whether R+ L = J. The most important question plaguing Thrones fans this summer is how many episodes will comprise the show’s seventh and final season.

The answer is 7.

HBO announced today that the award winning series will begin shooting its final season, comprising seven new episodes later this summer in Northern Ireland, and on location in Spain and Iceland.

The news came from Casey Bloys, president, of HBO programming, who added in a statement: “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. Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

Season seven directors will include Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor.

Locations for shooting in Spain will include Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo.

Last week, Game of Thrones received 23 Primetime Emmy® nominations, the most of any nominee for the third year in a row. This year’s nominations include Outstanding Drama Series, 2 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington), 3 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Max von Sydow), 2 for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Miguel Sapochnik, Jack Bender) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss).