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Everything you need to know about Game Of Thrones season seven

As the seventh season of Game Of Thrones nears, we give you the rundown on what we can expect from our favourites in Kings Landing.

By TV Week team

The release date:

Season seven of Game Of Thrones will premiere on July 16 (less than a month away!), which is later than usual for the TV show’s premiere.
While we are used to seeing new episodes in early April, GOT showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss decided to push filming back as they needed the winter weather.
"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 anymore," the pair revealed.

Number of episodes:

While we are used to a solid 10 episodes of Game Of Thrones, season seven will only feature seven episodes.
But, not only will the first episode back run for 59 minutes (which is the second longest premiere episode since the very first season), you will also see your favourite characters more and more.
Emilia Clarke, who plays Danerys, revealed that she has filmed a lot more for this season.
"When I first read this season, I thought, 'Damn, I gotta learn some lines!'" Emilia told Entertainment Weekly.

Showrunner Dan Weiss revealed that this was because of the high death rate in GOT.
"You kill a couple dozen characters, the people who are left by default need to carry more dramatic weight," he said.
Not only that but now the characters storylines are FINALLY beginning to overlap, meaning that everyone will be together with much more screen time.

The returning characters:

Now for the important part: who will appear in GOT season seven?
All of the usual suspects will be back again including Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
But what about the characters we haven’t seen for a while?
Joseph Mawle, who plays Jon Snow’s uncle Benjen Stark, was recently seen in Belfast (where GOT shoots) so we can expect to see him return from his adventures beyond the Wall.

Meanwhile, Joe Dempsie who starred as Gendry, Robert Baratheon’s bastard son who vanished back in season three, has been spotted in Belfast and Spain.
Not only that but he was also seen taking part in a scene with Davos and Tyrion, so he’s definitely back!
Bella Ramsey who played the tiny but mighty Lady Lyanna from House Mormont and Mark Gatiss, who plays Tycho Nestoris, have both confirmed their return for season seven.
Meanwhile, the announcement of a cameo by Ed Sheeran came back in March and it has since been confirmed that Ed will appear in a short scene with Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).
Apparently the British crooner will serenade Arya. While this is completely random, we can’t wait to see it!
Joe Dempsie as Gendry with Maisie Williams who plays Arya Stark.
The biggest tease of a possible return has come from Jason Momoa, who has been spotted in Ireland with Dan Weiss and David Benioff!
An Instagram post by the star late last year also added fuel to the fire when he said he was preparing for the north.

Whilst Jason’s character Khal Drogo died back in season one, we wouldn’t close the door on his return.
The famous words uttered upon the Khal’s death were: "When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child. Then he will return, and not before."
Maybe this will happen in season seven? Our fingers are crossed!

What to expect for the last season:

We recently received confirmation that season eight would be the last season for Game Of Thrones.
The final season will span only six episodes, but there are sure to be the most epic six episodes we have ever seen!
Whilst information about this season is scarce, we can’t wait to see how Dan and David wrap up this amazing series.

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