Winter (and the End) Is Coming…Soon

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WARNING: Potential spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 6 included.

As I write this, we are currently a mere few days away from Season 7 of Game of Thrones hitting our TV screens, and to celebrate this fact, I want to go over the teaser trailer for the new season that aired a number of weeks some news post-season 7 that certainly change things up a bit.

Added to all that, we have some news post-season 7 that certainly changes things up a bit.

Firstly though, the trailer.

Featuring Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen, Kit Harrington’s Jon Snow, and Lena Headey’s Cersei Lannister, all three figureheads are seen walking through corridors.

The trio, whilst not in the same building, all seem to be walking towards the same point in their respective locations; namely the Iron Throne, or the relative symbolic setting in Daenerys and Jon’s cases.

The trailer concludes with Cersei sat within the Iron Throne, she breathes out and we see her chilled breath, the candles blow out, and the screen fades to black…or rather, the icy blue eyes of a white walker.

Gripping stuff, and as we know from the end of Season 6, the Great War is getting closer as the three main families (or at least what’s left of them) get closer and closer to one another, something this trailer hints at.

However, the threat of a Great War, or even a White Walker, isn’t the worst thing going on with GoT right now.

After Season 7 is out of the way, HBO has only one season left in their pockets, but that may be delayed until at least 2019 apparently, says HBO programming president Casey Bloys.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bloys said the reason for the delay was so showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss could cleanly wrap things up in the 6-episode long Season 8.

Bloys commented saying that

“by the time the final season airs, Dan and David will have been at this for 12 years.”

The interview also added details and clarifications on the rumoured GoT spin-off planned for HBO.

Whilst neither Benioff or Weiss would be involved in the projects, Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has revealed that there are multiple prequel projects in the works, and Bloys wants to keep fan expectations in check.

Bloys added how, in regards to the spin-off shows, “the idea is not to do four shows, the bar set by Benioff and Weiss is so high that my hope is to get one show that lives up to it.”

Starring the aforementioned Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, and Lena Headey as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and Cersei Lannister respectively as well as Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Aidan Gillen as “Littlefinger” Petyr Baelish, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, and Rory McCann as Sandor “the Hound” Clegane, season 7 of Game of Thrones will premiere on Sky Atlantic on 17th July at 2 am in the morning, and be repeated at 9 pm later the same day.

-James, 05/05/17

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