Game of Thrones season 7: Giant spiders and dead heroes joining the White walkers? Here’s everything we know

UPDATE: April 27, 2017 – Giant ice-spiders teased, along with the return of an old flame

Game of Thrones season 7 is only a few months away, and the leaks and teasers keep coming. According to a Reddit thread, created by fans trawling the latest batch of images, there could be a cool tease hiding in the picture of Sam and Gilly reading books in Old Town (see below). It’s all about the passage Gilly is reading, which makes reference to a hero from ‘the oldest of ages’ and to R’hllor, the Lord of Light. We know from the actual book that the same passage makes reference to the Others riding giant spiders to war. It’s a bit of a stretch but teases often are.

It neatly ties in with the return of Melissandre, who has been Tweeting images of the transformation to her old form. We previously thought she’d be out for season 7 (back for 8) as Carice Van Houten gave birth to her first child in late August 2016. It seems the Fire Priestess could well return, and may be linked to a scrap against icy spiders ridden by Whitewalkers. It’s a chilling thought.

Finally, Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor (sniff) until season 6 has been teasing The Belfast Telegraph. When asked if Hodor would return as a zombie, he said that he wouldn’t like that as a fan, but as an actor, he’d really like to try and play the role. He follows up by saying: “I’m just going to say no, but I might be lying. I can’t give anything away. I have let things slip before by accident, and I’ve learned the hard way.” It seems unlikely, and it’d be strangely class of the showrunners to bring back such a beloved character in zombie form, but Nairn isn’t ruling it out.

Fast Facts:

  • Game of Thrones season 7 release date: July 19, 2017
  • Directors: Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod, Matt Shakman
  • Cast: Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Conleth Hill, Rory McCain, Sophie Turner
  • Writers: TBA

Game of Thrones season 7 – everything you need to know

Game of Thrones season 7 is due on July 16, 2017, in the US, July 17 in the UK. We’ve had our first teaser trailer, first poster, and more leaked set photos, rogue social media posts, and interview quotes than you can shake a Valyrian steel sword at. The end of GoT season 6 changed so much. Cersei sits on the Iron Throne, but the relationship with her brother is crumbling; Daenerys is on her way to Westeros with three massive dragons (which are apparently the size of airliners now) and a formidable army, and Jon Snow has been declared King of the North. And he’s a Targaryen, by the way. It’s a lot to take in, and the possibilities for where the show goes next will make your head spin. So we’ve compiled everything we know about Game of Thrones season 7 so far, and we’ll keep updating it as more is revealed so make sure you check back. And if you need it, here’s a refresher for season 6…

Game of Thrones season 7 release date is July 16, 2017 – get it in your viewing diary!

HBO has finally revealed that July 16 is the date for the first episode of Game of Thrones season 7. This is in the US. It’ll hit the UK the day after, on July 17 – airing on Sky Atlantic and Now TV. Whether it’ll be available immediately after the US airing or at a pre-scheduled time later in the day is uncertain. Perhaps the UK date simply refers to the fact that it’s past midnight by the time Game of Thrones airs in the US, so it’s inevitable ‘the next day’.

What’s more, there’s a first teaser trailer, which you can watch right here.

Game of Thrones season 7 episodes will be limited to seven

Winter isn’t the only thing that makes time shorter. Game of Thrones is only going to have seven episodes for season 7. Benioff and Weiss said they’re looking to do about 13 total episodes for the rest of the show because that’s the total story they have left to tell. In addition, fewer episodes mean bigger potential budgets. Given that Battle of the Bastards cost $10-million, we could be seeing even higher price hikes once winter actually arrives. We already know that season 7 contains a battle that will be bigger than the one between the Bastards in S6, making it the largest ever. Although the same number of extras have been called in (500), there are more horses (an extra 70)… so it seems likely the Dothraki are involved.

Of course, it’s way too early to know what the episodes are going to be called. After all, the season 6 finale was named after the book that isn’t even out yet. We do, however, know which of the season 7 directors will be handling each episode. Let’s take a quick look:

  • Episode 1: Jeremy Podeswa
  • Episode 2: Mark Mylod
  • Episode 3: Mark Mylod
  • Episode 4: Matt Shakman
  • Episode 5: Matt Shakman
  • Episode 6: Alan Taylor
  • Episode 7: Jeremy Podeswa

What can we tell from this? Not all that much. Jeremy Podeswa did the two opening episodes from season 6, so is a steady hand to take us into S7. Mark Mylod handled ‘No-One’ and ‘The Broken Man’ from season 6, which are both great character episodes. Matt Shakman is a newcomer to Thrones, and has worked extensively in all kinds of TV, directing episodes of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Mad Men, Fargo, and um, Ugly Betty. Alan Taylor has worked on plenty of GoT episodes from seasons 1 and 2, and since then has directed Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genisys. Um, moving swiftly on, then… Jeremy Podeswa returns for the season finale.

Game of Thrones season 7 trailer contains a handful of secrets

HBO has released a teaser trailer for Game of Thrones 7. In it, the three main ‘rulers’ of Westeros are shown walking to their various seats of power. Cersei strolls onto the Iron Throne in King’s Landing, and you see Lannister lions adorning the windows as she strides past. Danerys walks to the Targaryen family seat of Dragonstone, and sits on the throne there. We know there have been scenes filmed at the Dragonstone location in Ireland, so this suggests Dany is heading to her family home before conquering the rest of the kingdom. It’s a good place to plan an attack from, as Dragonstone has the Chamber of the Painted Table – a grand 3D map of Westeros that Stannis used to plan his assault at Blackwater Bay.

Finally, John Snow (also a Targaryen, but now King in the North), sits at his meagre throne in Winterfell. Not much to read into this one, other than the fact it makes him a main player in the final acts of Thrones.

At the end of the trailer Cersei exhales and frost forms on her breath. It morphs into an eye, and when the camera zooms out we see it’s the eye of the Night King, leader of the White Walkers. He’s the unofficial ‘fourth player’, a contender for ‘ruler of Westeros’, but with a much darker motive than the other three. That means he’s headed to the Wall, along with his undead army. And one hell of a fight is coming. One things for certain – mighty Houses will fall in season 7, as was implied by the first teaser known as the ‘Sigil teaser’, which you can watch below.

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