HBO announces Game of Thrones season seven

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The “Game of Thrones” cast backstage at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Saadia Akhtar

On Thursday, HBO released its first trailer for season seven of the mega-hit show, Game of Thrones. Based off of the immensely popular book series by the same name written by George R. R. Martin, the TV show has taken a life of its own, differing from the books, but still being enjoyable. 

Season six was one of the most critically-acclaimed seasons of Game of Thrones and of modern television. Fans and critics alike were amazed by the cinematography, special effects, and most importantly, the storyline. Season six left off with Danerys sailing toward Westeros, Jon Snow being proclaimed King of the North, and Cersei on the Iron Throne.                

With only two seasons and 13 total episodes left, fans are anxious to know how the Song of Ice and Fire will end and who will end up on the Iron Throne. Unfortunately, Game of Thrones will be premiering later than usual this year, in July instead of June. Season seven will premiere on July 16, due to the fact winter has finally come in Westeros (i.e. Winter is coming) and more scenes had to be shot in the colder weather. Despite the fact that the penultimate season will only have seven episodes (as opposed to the regular ten) and the final season will only have six, fans are still excited. 

The cast and crew have been tight-lipped about what the upcoming season will hold, as to avoid any major spoilers. This isn’t unprecedented, as the cast and crew are used to being secretive, as they were before season six  to hide the fact that Jon Snow would be brought back to life. 

Tune in Sunday, July 17 either on the HBO channel or on HBO GO at 9 p.m. ET to find out what happens next on Game of Thrones.

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