"I've been disappointing various people around the world because it was meant to come out in April. It's July now, I think," Cunningham said. "There's going to be a launch and something special happening this year for the premiere. The bad news is, there will only be seven episodes and the final season starts [filming] again as far as I know in September."
Well, that's a bummer. Cunningham narrowed it down, at least, to a range of only five Sundays. That's considerably narrower than the original projection we had of: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
The actor was quick to issue a semi-denial.
In practical terms, this isn't really anything we don't already know. The season was slated to be shorter from the start, which is probably a good thing. Even the best of GoT has suffered from narrative bloat as the series struggled to wrestle its challenging source material to the ground. Now we'll have (hopefully) less meandering around castles in two-person scenes that seem to only be killing time until next time Daenerys' dragons go HAM on Westeros. Unfortunately, that also means less time for Varys and Tyrion to banter and drink wine.
On a more hopeful note, having a tentpole show in the midst of summer should help cure some of those mid-year doldrums. It's tough to figure out anything to do when it seems like half your office is on vacation and there's only baseball on TV. Now, at least, we'll have the parentage of Jon Snow to talk about.