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Game of Thrones was such a smash hit, HBO thinks you'll wait a couple months longer than you're used to for the new season.

HBO looking smug.
HBO looking smug.

Damn it. They're right.

Pushing back the start of season seven until summer 2017 instead of the typical April return, the president of HBO programming blames winter. The show's winter, not the real world's.

"Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones," said Casey Bloys, "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."