Normally at this time of year we’re getting ready for the new Game of Thrones season to begin. Sadly this year we’ve got a little longer to wait until we can all head back to Westeros.
Earlier this week HBO ran a special Facebook Live session to reveal the air date – July 16th. The stunt involved a giant block of ice that was slowly melted by two flamethrowers. Inside the block was the date that Game of Thrones will return for season 7.
The stunt was hit by a few problems but at its peak had over 140,000 concurrent viewers. In total over 3.1 million people tuned in to watch. It took over an hour to melt the block and despite the issues it certainly had people talking.
Watch the first Game of Thrones season 7 teaser below:
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The new season is shrouded in secrecy but fans can probably now expect a steady drip of new information up until release. What we do know is that this will be a shorter season that usual with just 7 episodes.
The reason for the shorter season seems to be that it allows the creators to spend more money per episode. This is required due to the complexity of the large set-pieces that will be coming.
In addition to the date reveal and new teaser a new poster was also revealed. It doesn’t bring much new and gives little away. It shows ice and fire coming together which is surely another hint at the wars that are coming. Check the poster out below.
At the end of season 6 we listed the 10 things we want from Game of Thrones season 7.
Game of Thrones season 7 begins on Sunday, July 16th 2017 at 9pm ET on HBO in the US and simultaneously at 2am on Monday, July 17th 2017 on Sky Atlantic in the UK.