Game of Thrones season 7 is on the way, and surprise, surprise, fans are already in a sense of permanent over-excitement. Let's dive straight in and get to the important stuff... Release dates, cast, rumours: here's what we know about about Game of Thrones season 7 so far...
Games of Thrones Season 7: The UK release date...
The series will air Stateside on Sunday 16th July and, with Sky Atlantic pledging to show the season 7 premiere the same time as the USA, it will air in the UK on Monday 17th July at 2am. It'll also be repeated the same day at a friendlier time of 9pm if you need to get your beauty sleep in. The premiere of the show has been delayed due to location issues during filming. Speaking about why the HBO show wouldn't be making its usual spring release, show writers David Benioff and Dan Weiss confirmed that the delay had more to do with weather conditions than deliberately make the fans wait.
"We're starting a bit later because at the end of this season, 'Winter is here' - and that means that sunny weather doesn't really serve our purposes any more."
"So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot," the pair added. Filming concluded as late as February this year for the series.
Games of Thrones Season 7: Guest appearances....
Ed Sheeran is among a bevy of actors appearing in the new season. Producers have apparently been working on getting the singer to appear in the iconic series for four years - just as a treat for Maisie Williams who is an Ed Sheeran mega-fan.
Games of Thrones Season 7: the trailer...
Why have one trailer when you can have two and a few teasers in the mix, as well. One contains Daenerys and the Seven Kingdoms prepared for war while another shows the long suffering Sophie Turner and co. making their way well into winter.
Games of Thrones Season 7: the storylines...
We've been made aware that 'winter' is indeed coming. But HBO has recently released the most vague episode descriptions ever, but feel free to let your imaginations run away with themselves.
Episode #61: “Dragonstone” (July 16)
Jon (Kit Harington) organizes the defense of the North. Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to even the odds. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) comes home.
Written for television by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.
Episode #62: “Stormborn” (July 23)
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) receives an unexpected visitor. Jon (Kit Harington) faces a revolt. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) plans the conquest of Westeros.
Written for television by Bryan Cogman; directed by Mark Mylod.
Episode #63: “The Queen’s Justice” (July 30)
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes.
Written for television by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Mark Mylod
Game of Thrones season 7: cast...
We know that Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Lena Headey (Cersei), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) are all reportedly signed up for a seventh season, but how long any of them will last is anyone's guess.
The most recent piece of news is that Moulin Rouge actor and Oscar winner Jim Broadbent will be joining the series 7 cast, playing someone 'significant'. Unfortunately, that's all we know for now but watch this space.
And, of course, there have been lots of rumours - the most exciting being that Khal Drogo might be returning to the show. Yes, let's pray that happens. There are also unconfirmed reports that HBO have cast a number of new roles, all with mysterious codenames (think Lady #1, etc) to throw superfans off the scent. So yes, in true GoT style, anything could happen. Isn't it exciting?
Game of Thrones season 7: how many episodes?
Series 7 will contain 7 episodes, meaning that season 7 and the final Game of Thrones season 8 will be shorter than regular seasons.
Argh, the anticipation but it isn't long to go now...