As revealed in a live Facebook feed moments ago, Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season on July 16th, 2017.
Encased in a block of ice, fans were encouraged to type “Fire” into the comments in an attempt to unleash flames upon the ice and reveal the premiere date. Actors Isaac Hempstead Wright, Lena Heady, Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau also appeared in the video to show their support for the fire.
It is unclear if this means he has joined Team Targaryen.
Unfortunately, the power of the ice was too strong and the feed was interrupted, leaving many fans wondering if they would ever learn the premiere date. Some likened it to the wait for The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series upon which Game of Thrones is based. In an attempt to speed up the process, a second flame was added, but the feed was again interrupted. Over the course of the roughly 70-minute live feed, a little more than 160, 000 people tuned in to see the reveal.
When the HBO series returns, the endgame will presumably commence with Daenerys on her way across the Narrow Sea, Queen Cersei at long last sitting the Iron Throne and Jon Snow as the King in the North. Also, there is always that threat of the Night King and his White Walkers on the other side of the Wall. In fact, the image of ice blocks melting under repeated fire certainly suggests something happening at the Wall.
The seventh season will be one of two remaining short seasons for the series, though HBO is reportedly interested in extending the episode order of the final year.
Are you ready to see the series end? Do you want more season? Do you doubt The Winds of Winter will ever be released? Sound off, bend the knee or sit the Seastone Chair in the comments below.