Game of Thrones season 7 is on the way, and surprise surprise, fans are already in a bit of a flap. Why? Well, firstly there was the news that The Game of Thrones release date would be delayed — all we know is that the seventh season of the HBO show won't be screening until the summer of 2017 — and if those chatty cast members are to be believed, the new series of Game of Thrones is going to be a belter.

Release dates, cast, rumours: here's what we know about about Game of Thrones season 7 so far...

Game of Thrones season 7 release date?
There has been no official release date for Game of Thrones season 7, however it was confirmed that there would be a delay to the rumoured launch, and (before you have a tantrum) the reasoning behind it does kind of make sense. Speaking about why the HBO show wouldn't be making it's usual Spring release, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss confirmed that the delay had more to do with weather conditions rather 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.'

Apparently, filming won't even wrap until February 2017. Crikey, talk about how only good things come to those who wait....

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, however, 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.

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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.

Game of Thrones season 7 - what else do we know?
Well, cast members have been teasing us with their tricksy social media accounts for ages now, and every week there seems to be yet another Game of Thrones rumour breaking the internet. Most recently, Maisie Williams took to Twitter to make some rather bold statements about the Game of Thrones season 7 script, which sent fans into a tweet meltdown.

And then, Kit Harington made some comments about the new season to The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that in his opinion (at that point in time, he hadn't yet read the script) things were about to get very 'dark' for the characters.

'I think it's going to get very bleak before if there is a happy ending.'

Emilia Clarke has also caused some social media sauciness by posting this video on Instagram...


Giving us a quick flash of that signature Targaryen silver hair, Emilia gets blown about a bit, you know, which is kind of funny. More interestingly though, she lets us know that she's in Northern Ireland, typically where most Westeros' The North scenes are filmed. Last time we saw Dany, she was setting sail for her homeland - this Instagram could prove that she's travelled to The North. Does this mean she's joining forces with Sansa and Jon Snow?

Argh, the anticipation.

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Roll on February 2017...