Game of Thrones has been one of the most popular shows on HBO for a long time. While the series might be in the twilight of its life at this point, audience interest has shown no signs of slowing down. The hit show has already been renewed for Season 7 and there's a remarkable amount of information we already know about the upcoming season, which is why we've compiled this informative guide looking into everything we know so far about Season 7 of Game of Thrones. Take a look at all of the fun information we know regarding Season 7, below.
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When Will Game Of Thrones Season 7 Air?
As noted prior, Game of Thrones has already been renewed for Season 7 by HBO, which means we will definitely be getting new episodes of the long-running drama in 2017. What we don't know is exactly when the next season will hit the schedule. While some seasons have started in March, Season 6 didn't kick off until the end of April. However, Season 7 looks like it will probably air even later, as HBO has confirmed the premiere will come during the summer of 2017. This is happening because the show started production later this year, in order to account for winter weather. Winter has not been fun for some of the actor's on the show.
What Have We Seen So Far?
A whole lot of nothing. While some photos have leaked from the set showing that major characters Dany and Jon Snow and their factions of followers may meet and even align with one another, HBO hasn't officially released any footage. Game of Thrones Season 6 just finished its run on HBO, so there's not a lot going on with the show right now, and we certainly haven't seen any footage from Season 7, yet. However, a lot of the current storylines on the long-running series are guaranteed to continue into next season.
How Many Seasons Has Game Of Thrones Been Renewed For?
Game of Thrones has currently only been renewed for Season 7 by HBO. However, since the showrunners have already stated that they'd like to wrap the show up at the end of an eighth season (and the network has gone along with this idea) and since the Game of Thrones cast is in the process of renewing their contracts for Season 8, we should probably expect that the fantasy series will get at least one more season. The drama was renewed at the same time the network renewed Veep for Season 6 and Silicon Valley for Season 4. Game of Thrones, especially, is massively popular, so the renewal is not exactly a huge surprise. Regardless, the Season 7 renewal indicates that next year will not be the last, which is good news considering a while ago the showrunners started talking about the end of the HBO drama. Which brings us to our next point...
Where Did We Last Leave Off?
The Season 6 finale made it clear that Game of Thrones is in the twilight of its life, but still has quite a few things to figure out before the end of the series. In the North, Lyanna Mormont spoke out about Jon Snow's bastard status and rallied the other bannermen in the North to support Snow. Meanwhile, Bran found another weirdwood tree and was able to see the next vision--which explained much more about Jon Snow's parentage, including that he is the son of Lyanna Stark and not Ned's. Meanwhile, Littlefinger declared his love for Sansa, which she coolly brushed off, but I'm not so sure she's happy about everyone rallying behind Jon Snow. Also in the North, Sansa revealed that winter has finally come.
In King's Landing, Cersei made a calculated decision that resulted in disaster. While Loras Tyrell was dealing with his trial, Cersei coolly decided to blow her own trial off. Soon after, Qyburn sent the children he had trained into the city to enact a plan. The children activated wildfire that had been left in tunnels under the city, and the High Sparrow, Margaery Tyrell, Loras Tyrell, Mace Tyrell and others lost their lives as a result. In the aftermath, Tommen killed himself and Jaime Lannister returned home, just in time to see his beloved (and sister) take the Iron Throne.
In the South, the Sand Snakes were still plotting. They were soon joined by Olenna Tyrell, who was displeased to learn her entire family had been murdered by Cersei Lannister. In addition, we soon learned that Varys had also traveled to Dorne to convince the country to take action.
This leads us to Daenerys Targaryen, who finally headed toward Westeros, with Theon and Yara Greyjoy in tow. She left Daario behind, but took her ships and her Dothraki and Unsullied armies with her on the ships the Greyjoys and Meereenese had brought. All in all, "The Winds Of Winter" was an eventful episode, and it sets Game of Thrones up for more exciting stuff to come.
What's Going On With The End Of Game Of Thrones?
For quite some time now, we've been hearing about the potential for Game of Thrones to end sooner rather than later. Showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff have been discussing ending Game of Thrones after Season 7 or 8 for some time. They've often said they want to wrap up the story as succinctly as possible.
However, for a while, HBO kept hope alive, mentioning that the subscription cable network would love to keep the show on the air through at least Season 10. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as if HBO will be getting its wish. Instead, the showrunners have already concocted a plan to put together two more seasons of Game Of Thrones to end the series. Both of those seasons are expected to be shortened seasons, as well. Various reports have indicated that Season 7 will have as few as 7 episodes and we know the showrunners feel they only have enough total story left to tell to fit around 13 episodes. We'll let you know as soon as we have the exact episode count for Seasons 7 and 8.