After teasing a lackluster poster for season 7 of “Game of Thrones” this week, HBO has redeemed itself by officially announcing the season 7 premiere date. The premiere date was announced during a Facebook Live event on the show’s official page. Fans can look forward to “Game of Thrones” returning to HBO on July 16, 2017.
The seventh season will continue the show’s departure from the original novels, season 6 was the first season that included moments not found in George R. R. Martin’s original novels (since the show ran out of source material). The popular author is still hard at work writing the next installment to the popular books, which does not have a release date at this time. Despite the new route that the show will be taking, it is expected that both the television series and the novels will have a similar ending, so novel-traditionalist will have try their hardest to avoid spoilers.
The poster’s debut at SXSW this month didn’t exactly enthrall fans, “A Song of Ice and Fire” might be a great title, but the poster probably didn’t have to be so literal. Fans expect that ‘the fire’ is a call to Daenerys’ dragons, while ‘the ice’ is either referencing Jon Snow’s growing army, or the Night King of the north.
If you need a quick recap of the last season’s top moments, we can jog your memory. The show ended with Daenerys on a ship headed to Westeros, the Mother of Dragons sparked an alliance with the exiled Greyjoy siblings to bring her dragons and soldiers across the Narrow Sea. Daenerys is currently onroute to attack the Iron Throne itself and claim it for her own. Jon Snow and Sansa Stark partnered up to defeat the Boltons, but the white-walkers are stronger than ever and prepping their raid on the North. Meanwhile, the Red Queen was cast out by Jon Snow.
Jon Snow is the new King of the North, and half Targaryen, but we weren’t sure how Sansa Stark was taking the proclamation. In the south, Cersei Lannister just destroyed any-and-all that opposed her in King’s Landing, and we were left with Cersei reclaiming the Iron Throne as Queen. Fans of the Tyrells can find them in the rubble, and Arya Stark is closer than ever to her home in Winterfell. In the social-promotion, HBO actually made fans watch a block of ice-melt.
Many fans expect that Jon Snow and Daenerys will either team-up to fight the Night King, or fight one another. Some fans expect a combination of the two. Season 8 is expected to be the final season of the series, so a lot has to happen in season 7 to get things moving in the right direction.