It seems a lifetime ago since Game of Thrones last aired, but the hype train is finally pulling out of the station for season 7. This morning the latest trailer dropped for the much awaited seventh season. We’ve also got a release date confirmed for July 16, 2017.
The trailer features John Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister all marching to their respective thrones. Daenerys appears to be at her ancestral home of Dragonstone.
The seventh season will be the second to last for the breakout show which has proven that television can do good fantasy when it’s actually trying. The seventh season will comprise seven episodes while the eighth will only have a paltry six.
We’re definitely heading into the endgame now.
The show has slowly grown in popularity. When it first aired it pulled 2 million viewers. The last episode of the sixth season drew a massive 8.89 million. It’s also the most pirated show in the world, doubling the amount The Walking Dead gets stolen with 14,400,000 downloads.
Earlier in the month the Game of Thrones youtube channel also dropped an official “Sigils”.
In 2016 a casting call for new characters was precured and asked for various vague characters such as a General, a priest, a warrior and a Lovely Lady, because all the lovely ladies kept getting chucked off walls or shot with crossbow bolts in the nude.
With the last season on the horizon Showrunner David Benioff has told Deadline what they should expect. “The pieces are on the board now. Some of the pieces have been removed from the board and we are heading toward the endgame. The thing that has excited us from the beginning, back to the way we pitched it to HBO is, it’s not supposed to be an ongoing show, where every season is trying to figure out new storylines. We wanted it to be one giant story, without padding it out to add an extra 10 hours, or because people are still watching it. We wanted to do something where, if people watched it end to end, it would make sense as one continuous story. We’re definitely heading into the endgame now.”