Winter is coming, and Game of Thrones fans don’t have long to wait until the show returns for its seventh season.
Sadly, the end is in sight for the HBO series and season eight is set to be the show’s last ever. So, we’d better enjoy it while we can…
To celebrate the return of the show, later this year we’ve put together a comprehensive list of everything we know so far about season seven: (warning: spoilers are coming…)
When can we see it?
For years now, new seasons of Game Of Thrones have debuted in the Spring. However, this year fans are being made to wait a little longer. For the first time ever, the HBO show is airing in the Summer. The official release date has yet to be revealed, although IMDb allegedly revealed that the it would arrive on June 25.
How many episodes will there be?
Sadly, season seven will be shorter than ever before, lasting just seven episodes. Season eight will be even shorter at just six episodes long too, so we’d better enjoy every second guys…
So… what’s going to happen in the new season?
There are hundreds of fan theories doing the rounds online, but it’s been suggetsed that two of the main characters are about to meet each other on-screen for the first time: Jon Snow and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys are heavily rumoured to be getting it on, which would be huge. New behind-the-scenes pictures also show Snow meeting up with Daenerys and Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister, which suggests that the trio could about to form an alliance, which would also be pretty badass.
Who’s going to be in it?
Fans can expect to see a few new faces in Westeros, and a few old ones too…
Harry Potter actor Jim Broadbent will be starring in a key role, although details of his part have yet to be announced. Dickensian actor Joseph Quinn will also be joining the cast. Sadly, it looks like the rumours about Conor McGregor and Angela Lansbury are untrue, but how great would it be to see them turn up at some point?
On the other hand, Iain Glen has been spotted flying to the set in Northern Ireland, which suggests that Ser Jorah is returning to the show – greyscale or no greyscale.
Continuing the shows musical tradition, Bastille will also be following the likes of Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Sigur Rôs and Mastodon by making a cameo at some point.
In terms of directors, Alan Taylor will return to direct episodes for the first time since 2012, while Jeremy Podeswa (the guy who directed the controversial rape scene in Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken) will also be back for more.
We’re going to get another HUGE battle
Thought the Battle of the Bastards in season seven was big? Think again… We’re apparently going to get an even more epic battle this year, which will allegedly see Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) fight Yara and Theon Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan and Alfie Allen).
That’s not all either. There’s also said to be an enormous battle taking place between the Lannisters and the Tyrells, which features 13 major character, and over 600 extras and horses.
What’s going on with the spin-off projects?
HBO programming president Casey Bloys recently explained that any upcoming spin-off series will likely take the form of prequels, and won’t focus on one character in particular. Which is a shame – after all, who wouldn’t want to see Brienne of Tarth and Tormund Giantsbane get their own romcom spin-off?
“A prequel feels like it has less pressure on it,” Bloys said, which suggest any further series could delve deep into the history of Westeros.
Before then though, we’ve got two more seasons of Game Of Thrones to keep us occupied. Season seven cannot arrive soon enough.