Game of Thrones Executive producer David Benioff told fans that a delay in the seventh-season premier of the HBO series was inevitable due to the wintry conditions being experienced in the Westeros.

This means that there will be a shift in production with the premier date set to be delayed to summer 2017 which is later than its usual rollout in April.

“Winter is here, and we’ve got to shoot in places with trees and wait for the leaves to turn,”said Benioff.

Benioff also added that the late start would allow more shooting time during the cold weather;sentiments that were also echoed by Casey Bloys,president for HBO programming

“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,”

Another change that HBO will make is with concern to next season which will consist of 7 episodes rather than the usual 10.