'Game of Thrones' to return in July


March 10, 2017
File Kit Harington of the popular Games of Thrones


'Game of Thrones' will be back in action in July. HBO said Thursday that the series will return for its seventh season on July 16.

The season will be the next to last for the fantasy saga based on George R.R. Martin's novels. It will include seven episodes instead of the usual 10, and is debuting later than season's past.

They had usually begun in spring. Returning cast members include Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, and Emilia Clarke.

The delayed debut date means it will miss the deadline for the 2017 Emmy Awards. Last year, the drama series scored 12 Emmys.