Game of Thrones (season 7)

Last updated on 22 June 2017

The seventh season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones is set to premiere on HBO on July 16, 2017, and conclude six weeks later on August 27, 2017.[1][2][3] Unlike previous seasons that all consisted of ten episodes, the seventh season will consist of only seven episodes.[4] Like the previous season, it will largely consist of original content currently not found in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, but also adapts material from the upcoming sixth and seventh novels The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. The series is adapted for television by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss.

HBO ordered the seventh season on April 21, 2016, three days before the premiere of the show's sixth season, and began filming on August 31, 2016. The season was filmed primarily in Northern Ireland, Spain, and Iceland.

Game of Thrones features a large ensemble cast, including Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington. The season will introduce several new cast members, including Jim Broadbent and Tom Hopper.

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Game of Thrones Season 7.jpg


No. in
Title Directed by [5] Written by Original air date [3] U.S. viewers
61 1 TBA Jeremy Podeswa TBA July 16, 2017 (2017-07-16) TBD
62 2 TBA Mark Mylod TBA July 23, 2017 (2017-07-23) TBD
63 3 TBA Mark Mylod TBA July 30, 2017 (2017-07-30) TBD
64 4 TBA Matt Shakman TBA August 6, 2017 (2017-08-06) TBD
65 5 TBA Matt Shakman TBA August 13, 2017 (2017-08-13) TBD
66 6 TBA Alan Taylor TBA August 20, 2017 (2017-08-20) TBD
67 7 TBA Jeremy Podeswa TBA August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27) TBD


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Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
(Jaime Lannister)
Lena Headey Primetime Emmy Awards 2014.jpg
Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister)
Emilia Clarke (March 2013) (headshot).jpg
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)
Kit Harington June 2014.jpg
Kit Harington (Jon Snow)

Main cast

Guest cast



Series creators and executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss will serve as showrunners for the seventh season. The directors for the seventh season are Jeremy Podeswa (episodes 1 and 7), Mark Mylod (episodes 2 and 3), Matt Shakman (episodes 4 and 5) and Alan Taylor (episode 6). This marks Taylor's return to the series after an absence since the second season. Shakman is a first-time Game of Thrones director, with the rest each having directed multiple episodes in previous seasons.[40] Michele Clapton will return to the show as costume designer, after spending some time away from the show in the sixth season. She previously worked on the show for the first five seasons, as well as the end of the sixth season.[40]


Depending upon the release of George R. R. Martin's forthcoming The Winds of Winter, the seventh season may comprise original material not found, or not yet found, in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.[41] In June 2016, Martin wrote on his blog that he had met with publishers, editors and HBO, while in New York City.[41][42] According to previous reports, some of the show's sixth season had consisted of material revealed to the writers of the television series during discussions with Martin.[43]


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The shores of Gaztelugatxe were used as a location for filming Season 7.

Filming began on August 31, 2016, at Titanic Studios in Belfast,[44] and ended in February 2017.[45][10][46] In an interview with the showrunners, it was announced that the filming of the seventh season would be delayed until later in the year due to necessary weather conditions for filming. The showrunners stated "We're starting a bit later because, you know, at the end of this season, winter is here, and that means that sunny weather doesn't really serve our purposes any more. We kind of pushed everything down the line so we could get some grim, gray weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot."[47]

Girona, Spain will not be returning as one of the filming locations.[48] Girona stood in for Braavos and parts of King's Landing.[48] It was later announced that the seventh season will film in Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland, with filming in Northern Ireland beginning in August 2016.[4][45] The series will film in the Spanish cities Seville, Cáceres, Almodóvar del Río, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo.[49] Spanish sources announced that the series would be filming the seventh season on Muriola Beach in Barrika, Las Atarazanas, the Royal Dockyards of Seville and at the shores of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet belonging to the city of Bermeo.[50][51][52] The series will return to film at The Dark Hedges in Stranocum, which was previously used as the Kingsroad in the second season.[53] Some scenes were filmed in Iceland.[54]


Deadline reported on June 21, 2016, that the five main cast members, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington had been in contract negotiations for the final two seasons. It was reported that the cast members have increased their salary to $500,000 per episode for the seventh and eighth season.[6][55] It was later reported that the actors had gone through a renegotiation, for which they had increased their salary to $1.1 million per episode for the last two seasons.[56] On April 25, 2017, it was reported by Daily Express that the actors' new salary made them each earn £2million per episode.[57][58]

On August 31, 2016, Entertainment Weekly reported that Jim Broadbent had been cast for the seventh season in a "significant" role.[21] It was announced that the role of Dickon Tarly has been recast, with Tom Hopper replacing Freddie Stroma, who had previously played the role in "Blood of My Blood".[29] After some speculation, UFC President Dana White announced that Conor McGregor would appear in a cameo role in the seventh season.[59][60] However, in January 2017, McGregor confirmed it was a rumor.[61] Members of the British indie pop band Bastille were reported to have filmed cameo appearances.[62] British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will also have a cameo in the season.[63] Guitarist/vocalist of American heavy metal band Mastodon, Brent Hinds, has also revealed he will have a cameo appearance. This will be Hinds' second cameo in the series, following his appearance (along with bandmates Brann Dailor and Bill Kelliher) in the fifth season.[64]


On April 21, 2016, HBO officially ordered the seventh season of Game of Thrones, just three days prior to the premiere of the show's sixth season.[65] According to an interview with co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the seventh season would likely consist of fewer episodes, stating at the time of the interview that they were "down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We're heading into the final lap."[66][67] Director Jack Bender, who worked on the show's sixth season, said that the seventh season would consist of seven episodes.[68] Benioff and Weiss stated that they were unable to produce 10 episodes in the show's usual 12 to 14 month time frame, as Weiss said "It's crossing out of a television schedule into more of a mid-range movie schedule."[66] HBO confirmed on July 18, 2016, that the seventh season would consist of seven episodes, and would premiere later than usual in mid-2017 because of the later filming schedule.[4] Later it was confirmed that the season will debut on July 16.[69] According to a report by Entertainment Weekly, the seventh season of the series will include its longest episode of 81 minutes. The penultimate episode will also run for 71 minutes – around 16 minutes longer than an average Game of Thrones episode. The first five episodes will mostly run longer than average (55 minutes), at 59, 59, 63 and 50 and 59 minutes respectively.[70] The previous longest episode in the series was the sixth season finale, "The Winds of Winter", which ran 69 minutes.[71]


On July 23, 2016, a teaser production trailer was released by HBO at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. The trailer mostly consisted of voice overs, and shots of crew members creating sets and props.[72] The first footage from the season was revealed in a new promotional video released by HBO highlighting its new and returning original shows for the coming year on November 28, 2016, showcasing Jon Snow, Sansa Stark and Arya Stark.[73][74]

On March 1, 2017, HBO and Game of Thrones teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) for a cross-promotional partnership. At least 19 individual teams on MLB will participate with this promotion. Teams that are set to participate includes Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals.[75] On March 8, 2017, HBO released the first promotional poster for the season ahead of the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, which teases the battle of "ice vs. fire". Showrunners Benioff and Weiss also spoke at the event, along with fellow cast members Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams.[76]

On March 9, 2017, HBO hosted a live stream on the Game of Thrones Facebook page that revealed the premiere date for the seventh season as being July 16, 2017. It was accompanied by a teaser trailer.[2] On March 30, 2017, the first official promo for the show was released, highlighting the thrones of Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, and Cersei Lannister.[77] On April 20, 2017, HBO released 15 official photos shot during the season.[78] On May 22, 2017, HBO released several new photos from the new season.[79] On May 23, 2017, HBO released the official posters featuring the Night King.[80] The first official trailer for season 7 was released on May 24, 2017.[81] The trailer set a world record for being the most viewed show trailer ever, being viewed 61 million times across digital platforms, in the first 24 hours.[82] The second official trailer was released on June 21, 2017.[83]


Ramin Djawadi is set to return as the composer of the show for the seventh season.[84]


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