It's down to the fact that 'winter is coming', well, 'winter is here' as Jon put it, in the Seven Kingdoms, but not fast enough in the real world given how much of the season will be set during it.
Explaining the delay, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said on the UFC Unfiltered podcast:
"We’re starting a bit later because at the end of this season, ‘Winter is here’ - and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes any more. So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot."
The winter-heavy filming points towards the increased influence of the White Walkers in the season, whom Jon Snow/Starkgaryen will presumably be turning his attention to now that he's reclaimed the North.
But this isn't to say there won't be action further south (in an overcast, possibly even snowy King's Landing?), as Cersei actress Lena Headey has claimed there is "no chance in hell" the Lannister will be holding on to the Iron Throne for long.
(via Digital Spy)
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