‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Teaser Drops a July Release Date
After a very, very long wait, we finally have an answer as to when season 7 of Game of Thrones will premiere. HBO conducted a dramatic unveiling of the premiere date by having it hidden within a block of ice and filming said block melt. Facebook users were encouraged to comment "fire" or "dracarys" (Daenerys Targaryen's command for her dragons) to incite a blowtorch to melt the ice faster.
Two pauses due to technical difficulties and over an hour later, fans got their answer: the highly anticipated premiere date is July 16.
Normally, seasons of Game of Thrones premiere in April, but creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said in a UFC Unfiltered podcast that they had to postpone production due to the weather, "We're starting a bit later because, you know, the end of this season, winter is here, and that means sunny weather doesn't serve our purposes anymore."
Following the end of the "ice block" Facebook Live stunt, the following teaser was also released:
The video doesn't offer us any new footage from the upcoming season, but it does give us some fresh dialogue. As major house sigils crumble to ash, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) proclaims, "There is only one war that matters. The Great War. And it is here."
Not only is the season premiering later, but it will also be shorter. Season 7 will have seven episodes, three less than usual. This could be, in part, because Benioff and Weiss are more interested in telling a great story than meeting time requirements. "We wanted it to be one giant story, without padding it out to add an extra 10 hours," they told Deadline last year, "We wanted to [do] something where, if people watched it end to end, it would make sense as one continuous story. We're definitely heading into the end game now."
So mark your calendars: Game of Thrones season 7 will premiere July 16, 2017.