The much-expected seventh season of Game of Thrones is finally upon us. The first episode is expected to be aired from Fourth of July onwards – it is then that the undead frigid army of White Walkers finally arrives. Even as the hype builds up the cracks in the wall are also becoming bigger. People, especially longtime fans of the series, are also becoming really excited and that has remained as consistent as Jon Snow, the very embodiment of virtue. game of thrones season 7 is expected to have seven episodes of an hour each and the first episode will be shown on 16 July. This season confirms the dreadful prospect of the Long Winter Night. It is expected that the coming summer will be much shorter.
What are the officials saying? :
As per the President of HBO programming, Casey Bloys, since it was winter in the Game of Thrones world, DB Weiss and David Benioff – the executive producers – felt that for the storylines in the upcoming season they would be better off by kicking off production a little later than when it normally happens. This is when the weather happens to change. This is why instead of starting in the spring – as it normally does – this season is kicking off in the summer. This was done so that the shooting schedule could be accommodated.
Game of thrones season 7 trailers online :
The latest teaser trailer of the new season is finally here and it is time that the parched fans finally start rallying the banners. The trailer in question also has actual footage from the upcoming season. Compared to what people have been seeing for the past year or so this is much better. The new promo is known as The Walk. It shows the three major players that remain in Westeros. All of them are candidates to become monarchs.
The major cast :
We have Cersei Lannister in King’s Landing, Jon Snow in Winterfell, and Daenerys Targaryen in what looks like a throne room in Dragonstone. Dragonstone happens to be the island, pelted by one storm after another. This is where Stannis Baratheon languished for years on the end till the time his brother breathed his last. This was also where Daenerys’ mother fled to on a stormy night before she gave birth to her daughter. It seems that all of them are ready to continue with this game. Jon seems to be more interested in preserving Winterfell than taking the Iron Throne for himself.
New cast Added :
At the end of the said teaser we see a fourth character – a major player who can make a considerable impact in the context of the north. His or her appearance is absolutely unexpected. The relationship between Jaime Lannister and his sister Cersei is also going to be a major plot point in the upcoming season. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays the role of Jaime, was recently at South by Southwest (SXSW) talking to The Daily Beast. One of the major topics of discussion was the final image from Season 6, which has now gained a bit of notoriety.
The equation between Lannisters :
In that particular shot Jaime almost shoots daggers from his eyes at Cersei, who is the now the reigning queen apart from being his sister and lover. It remains to be seen how the new position of Cersei brings a change to their existing relationship. In the words of Coster-Waldau there is nothing else that Jaime can do other than accommodate Cersei in his life and address the new situation. After all, that is what he has been taught all his life and that is what his life has revolved around.
New man in Cersei’s life :
In the same session Coster-Waldau also revealed, though inadvertently, that there is going to be a new man in Cersei’s life. This is going to be an interesting development and a lot of people feel that the new man could very well have a bad time of it in the series. What makes matters further complicated is the fact that Jaime loves his sister unconditionally. What was surprising about the new season is that HBO agreed for it to go ahead even before the sixth season went on floor. However, the top cable network did not reveal how long the new season would be and was quite nonchalant about it.
Length of new season :
The new season is expected to have seven episodes, all of which are going to be an hour each. In fact, both Weiss and Benioff have been dropping hints in this regard for some time now. As things stand now, season 8 will be even shorter – with 6 episodes. After the conclusion of season 6, while chatting to Deadline, both the executive producers stated that they had always wanted to complete the entire thing in 70 to 75 hours. Right now it is pegged at 73 hours.