Game of Thrones – Season 7 Release Date and What to Expect

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“You know nothing John Snow”. Remember that statement?

Season 6 closed out with a collection of story threads in precarious places as reported by cheatsheet.com. Daenerys is sailing to Westeros, Jon is the new King in the North, Cersei now sits on the Iron Throne, and the White Walkers are poised for an invasion of their own.

What’s going to happen once Season 7 kicks off ? When is it going to kick off?

Winter Will Delay

HBO has made a habit of debuting new GoT episodes in the spring – ordinarily in early April. But this year, it’ll launch a little later – in the summer months.

Typically, Game of Thrones premieres in April of each year. 2017 will buck this trend, thanks to one simple fact: Winter is here. Said showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “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.” Basically, sunny shooting locations like Dubrovnik, Croatia will need more cloud cover to properly portray a Westeros Winter, leading to a later, less summer-y start date for production. Sorry fans, you’ll have to wait a bit longer than usual to find out what happens.

“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,” showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss confirmed.

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Filming won’t even wrap till February 2017.

Much Shorter Season

The new season will only run seven episodes long. The plan from HBO right now is to drag this out as long as possible, albeit with a compromise in place with the showrunners.

Benioff and Weiss both have no intention of dragging Game of Thrones out past its expiration date, making two more 10-episode seasons more than a little excessive. The middle ground they seem to have arrived at with the network is for 13 more episodes divided over two seasons. As of now, it looks like Season 7 will run for seven episodes, wrapping up with six final installments a year later.

Who is Coming Back in Season 7?

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As of now, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), and Lena Headey (Cersei) are signed on for Season 7. It should probably come as little surprise, since we saw each of those characters alive in the Season 6 finale, but it’s worth noting nonetheless. Each actor also has a contract option for Season 8, leaving the door open for an untimely character death.

Spotted in Belfast where Season 7 is filming, both Joe Dempsie (Gendry) and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) are rumored to be returning to reprise their respective roles on the series.

Euron Greyjoy’s Will be Making Trouble in Season 7

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Let’s be straight to the point here. There are rumors out there and this also is not from an official source. But according to Watchers on the Wall, Euron Greyjoy and the newly-crowned Queen Cersei will be teaming up in Season 7. They also cite rumors of a scene already being filmed that shows Euron engaging in a sea battle with Theon and Yara, eventually capturing one of them. Their report digs into some other pretty massive spoilers that you can read here, most significantly one concerning Euron going toe-to-toe with one of the Sand Snakes.

Stay tuned from more information as season 7 goes live

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