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Game of Thrones no Longer Coming

Season Seven is Here!! July 16 to be precise!

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And you thought this day would never come. Long awaited Game of Thrones’ Season Seven—winner of 12 Emmy’s just last September, remember— is no longer coming. It’s Here: July 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT).

It arrives bearing gifts: new cast members, to fill in the holes left by all who died Season Six, in the forms of Jim Broadbent playing an archmaester, Tom Hopper who takes over the role of Dickon Tarly—Samwell Tarly’s younger brother, Megan Parkinson will portray Alys Karstark of House Karstark and singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran in an as yet to be revealed cameo role.

HBO has just released the beginning of the season – end of days press notice, with the first three episodes detailed below:

Last Season’s Wrap Up:

Daenerys Targaryen has finally set sail for Westeros with her armies, dragons and new Hand of the Queen, Tyrion Lannister. Jon Snow has been named King in the North after defeating Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards and returning Winterfell to House Stark. In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister has seized the Iron Throne by incinerating the High Sparrow, his followers and her rivals in the Sept of Baelor. But as old alliances fracture and new ones emerge, an army of dead men marches on the Wall, threatening to end the game of thrones forever.

The Emmy®- and Golden Globe-winning Game of Thrones returns for its seven-episode seventh season SUNDAY, JULY 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays at the same time. Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, the hit fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom.

Sam and Gilly

Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), Gilly (Hannah Murray) – (Photo by Helen Sloan-Courtesy of HBO)

Returning series regulars on Game of Thrones this season include: Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark).

Additional returning series regulars this season include: Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Carice van Houten (Melisandre), Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand), Pilou Asbaek (Euron Greyjoy), Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane) and Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion).

July’s episodes:

Episode #61: “Dragonstone”
Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Jon (Kit Harington) organizes the defense of the North.
Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to even the odds. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) comes home.
Written for television by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.

Episode #62: “Stormborn”
Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) receives an unexpected visitor.
Jon (Kit Harington) faces a revolt.
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) plans the conquest of Westeros.
Written for television by Bryan Cogman; directed by Mark Mylod.

Episode #63: “The Queen’s Justice”
Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 30 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift.
Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes.
Written for television by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Mark Mylod.

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The series is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

In Sept. 2016, Game of Thrones received 12 Emmys®, the most of any program, including: Outstanding Drama Series; Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Miguel Sapochnik); and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss).

In Sept. 2015, the show also received 12 Emmys®, setting a record for a series in one year, as well as four Emmys® in Aug. 2014, two Emmys® in Sept. 2013, six Emmys® in Sept. 2012, tied for the most of any program, and two Emmys® in Sept. 2011.

The executive producers of Game of Thrones are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin.

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