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21 April 2017, 12:05
GAME OF THRONES Season 7 Trailer Teaser 'The Great War' (2017)
This latest series of Game of Thrones will take us into unchartered waters now that winter is no longer coming: it's here.
Although series seven will see the return of some of our favourite characters - Jon Snow, Sansa and Arya Stark, Tyrion Lannister, Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen - it doesn't mean they're safe.
From where to watch it to who will be joining the cast, here's all you need to know about Game of Thrones series seven.
You'll be able to catch the first episode of the seventh series on 17th July 2017.
The release date was initially to be announced in an ambitious Facebook live feed, featuring a flame from a blow torch slowly melting a block of ice to reveal the launch date. However, after getting off to an epic start, the feed mysteriously cut out and we were left to wait for the news which was released later.
There will be only be seven episodes in the latest series of Game of Thrones rather than the normal 10.
Series eight of Game of Thrones will only have six episodes; it's shortest yet.
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Fans will have noticed that the seventh series release date is a few months later than normal. This is because "winter has come" and filming schedules have been moved around so that the settings reflect that.
HBO's president of programming Casey Bloys has said: "Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing."
Fans of the show in the UK will understand the painstaking process of trying to watch GOT, which is broadcast in the US on HBO.
Just like last year, Sky Atlantic will be airing the episode a few hours after it is broadcast in America at a more UK friendly time.
Jim Broadbent is joining the cast and is said to have a very "significant" role in the final two series. Remaining coy about his character, he previously said: "I’m a maester, an archmaester. I’m an old professor character."
Ed Sheeran will be making a cameo appearance in the seventh series. David Benioff and Dan Weiss confirmed the rumours at the SXSW film festival in Texas. It's not clear exactly what he'll be doing but he's not the first pop star to appear on the show. Previous musical cameos have included members of Coldplay, Mastodon, Of Monsters and Men, and Sigur Ros.
guess the cats out the bag... https://t.co/9GCDUp9HPN— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) March 12, 2017