Winter is coming July 16.
The premiere date for season 7 of “Game Of Thrones” was announced Thursday via the show’s official Facebook Live after a few hiccups.
Over 145,000 fans tuned into the live-stream which revealed a giant block of ice containing what was presumably a sign with the airdate. The dramatic unveiling encouraged fans to type “FIRE” in the comments to make giant flames lick the sides of the ice block, ultimately melting to give a live reveal.
Unfortunately, things didn’t appear to go as smoothly as planned as the Facebook Live video abruptly ended 20 mins in with a message promising the stream would return.
Fans were left confused, outraged and bewildered over pause.
After a 10 minute delay, the ice was back to reveal the July premiere date..
Fans have had to put up with a longer-than-usual wait for the return to Westeros, but HBO has offered a few teasers to whet appetites along the way.
Earlier this week, the season 7 poster was revealed, teasing a clash between fire and ice.
Fan theories abound as to what’s in store for season 7 now that the series has surpassed George R.R. Martin’s books.
After the release of the poster, fans have been speculating the clash between fire and ice could signify a long-awaited meeting between Daenerys and Jon Snow, hint that the White Walkers will finally breach the Wall or that dragons will cross the sea.
There have been a few clues as to what’s in store for season 7 from the cast in the lead-up to the premiere date announcement.
Last month Maisie Williams posted several photos of herself in Banff during a break in filming. Several scenes for the upcoming season were filmed on location in Banff because Alberta is home to some of the largest wolves in the world. Her visit to Alberta left fans wondering whether a reunion between Arya Stark and her direwolf Nymeria was in the cards.
More news on season 7 was revealed during a panel at SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Mar. 12. Among the tidbits of info from exec producer David Benioff is that the eighth season (which is also the final one) will only consist of six episodes.