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As rumoured, the penultimate series of 'Game of Thrones' will be shorter than the others, consisting of only seven episodes. Every other series has been 10 episodes long.

It will also air later in the year than its predecessors, in the summer instead of the spring. That's due to filming starting later, so the locations look more wintery.

"Now that winter has arrived on 'Game of Thrones', executive producers David Benioff and DB 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," said Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming.

"Instead of the show's traditional spring debut, we're moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule."

Series eight should be the final series in the epic fantasy drama. It too is expected to run shorter than the usual 10 episodes, most probably six or seven episodes. It won't air until 2018.

Meanwhile, the series could be given the Pokemon Go treatment, bringing together two of the biggest franchises in entertainment history. Mobile developer Niantic has revealed it's keen to make a Pokemon Go-style augmented reality game set in the Westeros of 'Game of Thrones'.

"My personal fantasy is a 'Game of Thrones' game, where Westeros is mapped out on Earth and you join House Stark or whatever," Niantic's Archit Bhargava told GameSpot.

That should sate fans' appetites when the series finally ends in 2018.

Source: Variety, GameSpot

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