Speaking at the SXSW festival on March 13, Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff revealed that season seven will feature a cameo from none other than Ed Sheeran. The singer’s appearance apparently was planned as a surprise for Sheeran superfan Maisie Williams, although no details were given on the exact nature of his role. Sheeran later gave more details himself, saying that he will, alas, be singing: “I do a scene with Maisie [Williams, who plays Arya Stark]. I sing a song and then she goes, ‘oh, that’s a nice song’”, he told Hits Radio.
If his previous acting experience on Kurt Sutter’s The Bastard Executioner is anything to go by, we should be very worried.
It’ll be back this July and will be seven episodes long
The official date for the broadcast of Game of Thrones season seven on HBO in the USA, announced in time-honoured although not very time-efficient tradition via an ice block and a couple of flame throwers, is July 17 2017.
Sky Atlantic, meanwhile, will simulcast the first episode at 2am (so it’ll be July 18 to us), then show it again at 9pm that evening.
While Game of Thrones has traditionally been broadcast in the Spring, the team behind the show decided that moving it to later in the year would make sense, allowing for more winter-time filming.
“Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys last year.
“Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”
We also know that there are only going to be 13 more episodes of the show in total, spread across two shorter seasons: HBO has confirmed that season seven will be seven episodes long.
The new start date means that the season finale will take place on August bank holiday weekend. So if you’re a fan and were planning to get married, go to a festival or head off on holiday that weekend, bad luck.
One of the most loathsome villains in Westeros is apparently back – but we’re not quite sure how
After watching the gory demise of David Bradley’s Walder Frey at the end of season six, we were pretty sure that the character wouldn’t be making a comeback anytime soon.
The website Watchers on the Wall has revealed, however, that Bradley might show his face in season seven, if his acting CV and website are anything to go by.
One theory is that Walder’s resurrection could be linked to Arya’s ability to “borrow” the faces of the dead.
Alternatively the villain, last seen unknowingly cannibalising his two sons before getting his throat slit, may appear in flashback scenes.
We should expect lots of icy weather
Winter, it seems, is definitely coming.
In January 2017 a Twitter user posted that their cousin had met Jon Snow actor Harington in Iceland, confirming reports that the cast and crew have been filming season seven there during the bleak winter weather.
Mild spoilers below tweets
According to the fan website Watchers on the Wall, the decision to film in Iceland during the winter – and Harington’s presence on the shoot – links to earlier leaks, and suggests that Jon Snow will venture beyond the wall in season seven.
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