Here’s Everything We Know About the Last Season of ‘Game of Thrones’

After the game-changing events of the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale, Westeros is never going to be the same. Fans are no doubt wondering how Jon Snow and Co. are going to deal with the Night King now that the Wall has fallen, but there’s an even more important question: When will we get to see how this story ends?

There aren’t many specific details about the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, but here’s everything we know so far.

When will Season 8 premiere?

We don’t know. HBO hasn’t specified an exact date, and they won’t until much, much closer to whatever the final premiere date ends up being. Remember, it was only in March of 2017 that HBO confirmed Season 7’s exact premiere date with that infamous melting ice block stunt.

That said, there’s reason to believe that we’re going to have to wait longer than normal for the next season of Thrones. Production on the final season is expected the start in October, according to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Given how long it usually takes to make a season of the increasingly expensive and complex series, there are well-founded concerns that the final season won’t air until late 2018 or even early 2019.

How many episodes will there be?

Much like Season 7 before it, Season 8 will be shorter than normal. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are only making six episodes of Game of Thrones this time around. The good news is that every one of those six episodes is going to be long. HBO brass have suggested that the episodes will exceed 80 minutes in length, and a few might even be feature-length.

Are there any spoilers or leaks about Season 8 yet?

Season 7 was plagued by leaks, but it’s too early for Game of Thrones detectives to have learned anything about the final season. Season 7 has been written, but filming hasn’t begun yet. Barring a leak from the inside, which could happen, the main way fans piece together what to expect from an upcoming season is through set photos. Some rando in Belfast will Instagram pictures of three unexpected actors getting dinner together, and the fandom works backwards to figure out what that shooting location means in-universe and what’s bringing that group of characters together. The Thrones fandom is scary good at this, but it’s too early … for now.

What about those spin-offs?

HBO programming president Casey Bloys says the planned Game of Thrones spin-off wouldn’t come out until after the main series is all finished.

“The number one priority in all of this is the final season of Game of Thrones,’ Bloys explained during the Television Critics Association press tour. “I don’t want to do anything with a spinoff or anything that detracts or distracts from that.”

He went on to say that the spin-off likely wouldn’t premiere until a year after the eighth season of Game of Thrones finishes airing, so no matter what, we’re waiting a long time to go back to Westeros.

Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Finally Meet On ‘Game of Thrones’

After spending six seasons as the two characters on the fringes of the story, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally met in “The Queen’s Justice.” The third episode of season 7 picks up the pace with many long-awaited meetings: Sansa and Bran Stark reunite for the first time since Season 1, the Iron Bank’s Tycho Nestoris returns after a two-season absence to collect his debts, and Jaime Lannister and Olenna Tyrell confront their past sins face to face — with lethal results.

The North Remembers

It’s hard to explain “by the way, I’m a time-wizard” to your family, and Game of Thrones does not shy away from this weirdness. When Bran Stark returns to Winterfell, it’s not exactly the heart-warming Stark reunion that Sansa had with Jon in Season 6.

She hugs him emotionally but he remains cool, distant, and sage-like. Later in the Godswood, he freaks her out with his knowledge of her wedding night. Ironically Bran’s struggle to describe his Three-eyed Raven powers happen right after Petyr Baelish tells Sansa that “every possible series of events is happening at once.” Apparently that phrase is easier to digest as political-double speak than as a mystical phenomenon. Just like Jon and Daenerys, Sansa and Bran are not on the same page with how they regard their realities.

The Lannisters Send Their Regards

In King’s Landing, Cersei promises Euron Greyjoy she’ll grant his wish of marriage after they win the war, and she gets revenge for her daughter’s death by forcing Ellaria Sand to watch her own daughter die after being poisoned the same way Myrcella was. She also meets with Iron Bank rep Tycho Nestoris — mostly to remind the audience that the Crown still owes the Iron Bank a giant debt.

Aside from her promise to Euron, Cersei’s action with the biggest potential for future ramifications is flaunting her relationship with Jaime. Although he gives into her sexual overtures, Jaime is clearly disturbed at the thought of being less discrete. Cersei takes on the “I’m queen and I do what I want” outlook — and the way “The Queen’s Justice” lingers on this detail, the twincest taboo likely hasn’t vanished from relevance just because Cersei is the queen.

As unsure as he is about his personal life, Jaime reveals his tactical battlefield skills in “The Queen’s Justice.” The Unsullied do win Casterly Rock thanks to Tyrion — but Jaime reveals that he gave it up on purpose for the time being, since Highgarden has a more immediate advantage. The rock has no more gold, you see, and the Lannisters need to pay off that debt to Tycho and the Iron Bank somehow.

All men must die

Now that Lady Olenna Tyrell, aka The Queen of Thorns is dead, Game of Throneshas a gaping hole in the “razor sharp sass” department. Nevertheless, her exit is as perfect as Ramsay’s or Joffrey’s. She gets to reflect on her life in a nice speech to Jaime, she gives a shout-out to her best frenemy Tywin Lannister, she calls Joffrey a cunt one last time, and tells Jaime that Cersei will be his end. Jaime poisoned her, yes, but given his earlier uneasiness with Cersei’s actions, perhaps Olenna was poisoning brother against sister.

Best of all, though, is how Olenna gets the last laugh. When Jaime reveals that he’ll execute her not with his sword but with poisoned wine, it’s deliciously ironic, because he didn’t know she killed Joffrey — and neither did the late king’s mother. “Tell Cersei,” Olenna tells a shocked Jaime. “I want her to know that it was me.” RIP Queen of Sass, Game of Thrones won’t be the same.

With respect…

This week in Sam Tarly and the Half-Blood Prince, Sam’s efforts to cure Jorah last episode have paid off. Jorah’s skin is no longer rocky and he’s off to reunite with Daenerys. Unfortunately for Sam, he doesn’t exactly get pat on the back for this, but the Archmaester points out that he could have kicked him out of the Citadel. So, like, let’s call it a B+.

I will take what’s mine with fire and blood

Daenerys and Jon’s highly anticipated meeting is tense. They get off on the wrong foot right away when Missandei announces Daenerys’s lofty titles and Davos then introduces Jon with all the gravitas of a casual tavern gathering. It’s not a good look for either — Daenerys comes across as lofty and petulant, Jon as a common Joe Schmoe bastard the world thinks he is. Neither attitude works to back up their positions.

Daenerys is all pomp and circumstance; talking about the past and her claim to the throne. Jon has his customary utter disregard for pomp and circumstance — he’s more concerned with the Night King and looking to the future. Both aunt and nephew are frustrated from their initial interaction.

As different as they are, “The Queen’s Justice” emphasizes how Daenerys and Jon share a similar single-minded leadership style. Both have accomplished great things thanks to their ability to focus on their goals — but both are also impatient to see other perspectives when they’re pursuing said goals.

Luckily, Tyrion saves the day. When Jon and Tyrion share a moment on the cliff with call-backs to their Season 1 meeting, Jon bemoans, “How do I convince people who don’t know me to believe a monster they don’t believe in is coming for us all?”

It’s a valid question he must answer, since he absolutely sucks at PR. In response, Tyrion convinces Daenerys to let Jon mine her dragonglass, since it doesn’t hurt to make a potentially valuable ally happy. Danerys and Jon part from their second interaction on considerably better terms. They even give their family ties an accidental shout-out, when Daenerys mentions how she named her dragons after her brothers.

Curiously, Jon has Davos hold back from fully discussing Jon’s resurrection. Perhaps he thinks they should tackle one magical-mumbo-jumbo event at a time.

Game of Thrones Season 7 is currently airing at 9 p.m. Eastern on Sunday nights on HBO.

‘Game of Thrones’ Returns in Style, Crashes HBO’s Website

Game of Thrones made its long-awaited return last night, and with that caused the HBO website to crash. Many fans and member’s of HBO’s streaming service — which costs $15 USD a month — were met with an error message during the season seven premiere. The episode titled “Dragonstone,” was made available for all viewers at the same time regardless of time zone. The website returned to working order during the final half of the episode as it aired in the East Coast, though many fans took to Twitter to express their outrage. Were you able to catch the season premiere?

Everything That You Need To Know In Life Can Be Learned Through Game of Thrones

Since everyone dies on Game of Thrones and Game of Thrones is based heavily on real life, we decided we should learn something from the characters and attempt to avoid their grisly fates. And yes, we recognize that we’re not going to get hacked to death by vengeful swords or poisoned at our wedding. We’re talking more about the lessons hiding below the surface. Stuff that you might not recognize is bad until you’ve seen children get murdered for the exact same behavior. Watching Game of Thrones as a cautionary tale changes some of the scenes for us, and we have to say, we learned a lot about how to better enjoy, and extend, our lives. Here are 12 life lessons from Game of Thrones.

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Keep Your Dog on a Regular Feeding Schedule

The whole point of pet ownership falls apart if all you do is neglect your canine companion. This is a creature that depends on you for food and shelter and offers you companionship and protection. Plus, especially domesticated, dogs are creatures of habit and will act out in increasingly significant ways if their routines are disrupted. You only have yourself to blame if you establish 6 o’clock as feeding time, then ignore them for a week because you’re too forgetful, busy, or, worse, straight up abusing them. If, at 7:30 you come home to a living room that looks more like Germany in 1945, that’s all on you, man.

It’s also easy to forget that while domestication might be written into DNA, dogs are more than willing to switch back to wild animal mode. And in wild animal mode, your body looks like a decent sized meal.

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Talk Shit, Get Hit

If you’re going to be running your mouth like an impudent little shit, you’re going to have to deal with some physical consequences. Eventually you’ll push the wrong buttons and someone will haul off and punch you and it’ll be because you didn’t know when to shut your stupid mouth. What’s more, you’re not going to have anyone on your side when it happens. Run it long and annoying enough and you getting a good jab to the teeth is going to be met with open celebration. People have been waiting a long time to see you get some comeuppance, so when it finally comes around, expect the guy who does it to score instant points with the crowd.

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Make Friends with the Weird Guy

Everyone has someone at work or school or in the family who’s a little weirder than the rest of the group. We’re not talking high level weirdness here either, so don’t think we’re telling you to make friends with the guy who routinely names raindrops as they hit his face or cooks on the underside of pans. The level of weird we’re talking is working theater metaphors into everything he says or only buys one type of pants but a whole bunch of pairs at the same time. Those are off-putting things to do, but not so off-putting that we can’t get to know the guy behind them.

If you put the time in to get to know the guy, chances are you only stand to benefit. In our own personal, anecdotal experience, we’ve made friends with the maintenance staff of assorted work places and where other people try and avoid being around them while also waiting weeks for their work orders to be filled, we have engaging conversations with them and never wait longer than a few hours.

And rereading that last paragraph, we realize we’re making this sound like you should get to know people who can get things done for you. We’re not. We’re saying this is how human decency works. If you can make someone feel a little more welcome, that kind of positive energy can only make your workplace more pleasant. Don’t go out to a bar looking for an electrician because your house’s wiring needs some work. Make friends with an electrician because he’s human person and needs friends and then also maybe can help you with the wiring when the time comes and if he wants to.

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If You’re Going to Do Something, Stop Talking About It and Do It

We all have that one friend who’s spent more time talking about their life goals than actually accomplishing anything. They might have been working on the same manuscript or screenplay for years or have a home renovation they never get around to or they’ve been stuck in the same job for ten years and talk about quitting all the time. And to be fair to them, we’ve all been that person at one point or another, with aspirations that spend more time in the planning stages than actual execution. Whatever it is, everyone can agree that anything after a handful of conversations gets exhausting.

Don’t get us wrong, we get the hesitation to stop talking the talk and start walking the walk. You might trip and fail, which is like being rejected by your own talents and hurts far more than any sort of external rejection. But if you spend too long talking about stuff, your friends are going to get more and more annoyed until they eventually lash out and do something drastic.

So if you want to start a screenplay, take a class and fire up Celtx. If you’re planning a home reno, call up that contractor and start planning demo day. If you’ve spent the whole night talking about how badly you want to fight the guy at the end of the bar, you’d best start it, because you won’t like it if word reaches him and he gets the jump on you.

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You Cannot Take the Toughest Guy at the Party and He Will Come Looking for You if You Try

A lot of things instill false confidence and being surrounded by your friends is probably the easiest one. Their mere presence goads you into doing things you wouldn’t have done if you were in a different group or by yourself. One thing that’s bolstered as often as not is someone’s belief in their personal fighting abilities. In large groups, especially those whose ratio heavily favors men, people think they can fight anything, including, but not limited to people their size, teenagers, small dogs, medium-sized horses, female UFC fighters, male UFC fighters, brick and mortar walls, and the guy at the party who’s clearly the unholy spawn of Brock Lesnar and an ent.

Stick with that last one, because there’s an important difference between you and him. Both of you have the same level of confidence, but his was earned. He’s fought a dozen people like you, probably that same day. If you start something, he’ll finish it. If you start something and he doesn’t get to finish it, you’ve now turned what was a fun little get together into a full on manhunt. You’ve not only guaranteed you’ll get your ass handed to you in six separate chunks, but you ruined everyone else’s good time.

By the way, those friends who gave you all that confidence aren’t going to back you up. Hell, they’ll be the ones to sell you out. They all knew the guy was part mountain troll, which is why as soon as the fight started, they all remembered they came to the party with other people or had a midnight dentist appointment or that there was a deck outside they wanted to check out.

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Sibling Rivalries are Usually Only Fun for One of You

Antagonizing a brother or sister is a time-honored tradition and a dynamic that’s built into the relationship. You don’t get to be siblings if you’re not messing with each other at least a little. Some razzing here and there is healthy, helps build character, and prepares you all for impending, more mean spirited bullying. Plus it can end up making you even closer to your siblings years down the road.

But sometimes it gets out of hand and one of you ends up being the one who’s obviously far better at antagonism, creating an imbalance in the relationship and fostering actual ill will. This is the situation we’d recommend you avoid. The only possible outcome is a huge wedge being driven between siblings, where one thinks everything is in good fun (or worse, is knowingly bullying the other) and the other allows animosity to fester below the surface before finally exploding on the other.

Your siblings are the family members you should be closest to, so turning one of them into an enemy automatically makes them more dangerous than some random nemesis. You’ve inadvertently created someone who knows exactly how to destroy your very essence. At that point, your only chance at survival is being adopted by another family and trying to build relationships that need you intact as much as your sibling wants you obliterated.

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Keep Your Sense of Entitlement in Check (Better Yet, Don’t Have One)

Entitlement might be the least attractive personality trait. You’re immediately an exhausting person to deal with, make it easy to dismiss a specific age group, and generally ruin everyone’s good time. Maybe the worst part is, of the people we’ve seen flagrantly brandishing their entitlement, most are completely oblivious to their greatest fault. These aren’t people who think to look inward when things go wrong. Entitlement has taught them they are the greatest thing to happen to their immediate vicinity and everyone within that vicinity owes them a great debt of gratitude.

They’re wrong, obviously, because no one is owed anything. Everyone should have to work for what they have and none of us should be expect anything at birth. And if we should, then the expected thing should begin and end with a healthy family life. Every baby is entitled to loving parents and some of them don’t even get that, so no, graduating high school isn’t a large enough accomplishment to justify a new BMW.

There’s so much disdain for the entitled that retribution is pretty much guaranteed. You don’t get to go through life demanding unreasonable things from everyone and get off without some punishment. That punishment might not come right away, or even within your lifetime, but your victims are patient and are going to hold a healthy grudge, so know that it’s coming and it’s going to incorporate some irony.

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Make Sure You’re the One Who Knows Yourself Best

A common and increasingly annoying trope in storytelling is the classic line of “I know you better than you know yourself.” There are variations, but that’s the general gist, whether it’s in a villain’s monologue, a best friend’s “heartrending” soliloquy, or a parent’s gentle lecture. At this point it’s a shortcut to familiarity and we’re not ones to approve of shortcuts in storytelling.

The most obvious solution is to not let it be right. There’s a lot of strength in having a solid sense of self knowledge. You won’t bend to peer pressure quickly, and if you do, it’s not a sign of weakness. Few things can be used to insult you, because you’ve already come to terms with them, if you’re not already totally comfortable with whatever shortcomings you may have. Things will also generally go your way, because while a lot of people talk about how much time they’ve spent alone “getting to know themselves on a deeper level,” not many people understand the claim they’re making. Introspection is a modern fad rather than a genuine philosophical pursuit, so there are a lot of people walking around out there with glass cannons for self esteem.

That’s why this scene wouldn’t have worked with anyone but Tyrion and Jon Snow. Tyrion’s had years to come to terms with his short stature and while it’s still a raw nerve for him, an insult rarely causes him to act rashly. If anything, someone dropping one of the same six insults clarifies his motivation and allows him to act more rationally. Jon Snow using the same process creates a leader and swordsman of the highest quality. Also, props to Tyrion for not using the classic “know you better than you” line. There are assumptions he can make about Jon and be right, but he also recognizes he doesn’t know him on a personal level. That says just as much about Tyrion as it does about Jon.

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Clarify Exactly What It Is You’re Buying or Selling

One of the easiest ways to get burned on a transaction is to not properly communicate what you’re looking for. History is littered with big groups of people getting screwed out of ancestral lands, crucial resources, food, shelter, economic opportunity, life, and a dozen other things because one side went in with the full intention to be complete dicks. Shrink those down to everyday human sizes and regular people are constantly getting shafted by corporations and governments, mostly because they didn’t fully understand what they were signing.

The easiest practical application of this lesson is somehow buddying up to an attorney. Whether that’s marrying one, putting one of your kids through law school, or just trolling some upscale happy hours for some legalese speakers, you need to get close to someone who actually understand what’s happening in all those contracts. If you’re about to buy a house but not the land underneath it, that’s something you need to know. If you’re trading a brick of solid gold for an authentic Shelby Cobra, make sure you’re not about to get what Hot Wheels authentically built as a Cobra. If you’re selling an army of slaves and getting a legendary fire breathing lizard, you need to speak lizard to make that work.

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Grudges Don’t Mean You Can’t Still Be Decent

Holding a grudge, whether it’s personal, for a family member, a group decision, or otherwise, isn’t a completely unhealthy practice. If you have a grudge against someone, a reasonable grudge that is, it’s a protective measure. You’ve probably been put through some sort of suffering by them, so you’re putting up guards against that sort of thing happening again. Totally cool.

What that doesn’t mean is you’re permitted to be an unforgivable dick to that person. Everyone’s still a person and should be afforded a base level of respect. Don’t go out of your way to sabotage that person’s life. If anything, and if you can stand it, you should try to make their life somewhat easier. A grudge against someone doesn’t mean you can’t help them in their time of need, whether that’s a ride home after a night out, some light tech support, a bit of home maintenance, or some small favor.

Chances are, if you do anything like that for the person, that will become the avenue for healing whatever damage there is in the relationship. The initial personal offense could end up creating one of the better friendships you’ll build, all because you rose above instead of being a petty jackass. Bigger things that your perceived slight have been forgiven, so there’s no reason you can’t try too.

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Don’t Try and Force Your Friends to Be Friends with Your Other Friends (NSFW)

It’s completely normal to have separate groups of friends you hang out with. Most people have a wide variety of interests and it’s extraordinarily rare that you’d find someone whose interests totally overlap with yours. Naturally, you have to find different people to hang out with depending on what you want to do. If you like UFC, you’re probably not going to go to a match with your League of Legends clan. You go with your friends who like UFC.

But, because we’re all fallible humans who also enjoy efficiency, sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking the two groups would mix well. Maybe your League of Legends clan would like to watch some UFC and the group you go camping with would find multiplayer gaming quite enjoyable. Inevitably, once you mix them, you’ll see how wrong you were. Sure, some people genuinely enjoy themselves and make an easy, one time conversion to the other group, but ultimately, you’re stretched too thin trying to entertain two groups of friends with you as their only real common ground.

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If You Have a Part in Any Type of Service, Practice Beforehand

We can’t think of any major life stages or accomplishments that aren’t accompanied by some kind of service. You can generally expect weddings, birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, funerals, divorces, adoptions, and housewarmings to have some kind of ceremony attached to them, and those are all just the ones we can think of. For everyone’s sake, if you’re part of the ceremony, put a little time into your part, whatever it is. If you’re someone’s best man, at least have some index cards with you. If you ever find yourself lucky enough to be carrying the Olympic torch, jog a bit in the month leading up. If you’re eulogizing someone, it’s totally fine to cry during it, just make sure you’re crying during a rehearsed speech.

There’s nothing wrong with improvising bits of something, but there’s everything wrong with completely winging it. Most ceremonies require cohesion and flow to maintain their desired atmosphere and nothing kills the mood quicker than someone who obviously wasn’t prepared for their job. Suddenly, the wedding becomes about how the best man hasn’t had a complete thought in his life and everyone at the funeral can’t stop thinking that maybe this priest hasn’t actually read the Bible.

Game of Thrones Season Seven Premiere Date Announced

HBO  announced the premiere date of Game of Thrones’ seventh season today via Facebook Live, in an odd game of ice block versus fire torch, driven by the typing commands of “fire” and “Dracarys” from tuned-in Facebook users. It was, in a word, incredibly not-exciting, but eventually, it revealed the premiere date: July 16, 2017.

This comes after the new poster released yesterday, hinting at the show’s coming conflict between fire and ice. There are plenty of questions that arise from that very concept, but we have no answers yet. For those of you excited to return to Westeros and glorious sword fights, there’s only a few more months to see what sort of dramatic twists and turns await us, all while the showrunners come up with new, inventive ways to crush our hearts.

Game of Thrones season seven premieres on HBO on July 16, 2017. Check out a neat little teaser embedded below that aired on Facebook after the ice finally melted, and if for some reason, you want to revisit the reveal for yourself, you can do so here.

HBO Confirms That ‘Game of Thrones’ Won’t Return Until Next Summer

Earlier this month, Game of Thrones co-creators announced that everybody’s favorite fantasy show would probably be coming back a bit later than usual and now HBO has confirmed it: Thrones won’t be back until the summer of 2017. The delay is due to the fact that the showrunners had to push production back a bit since winter has officially arrived in GoT. Said Benioff and Weis, “… sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes any more. So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.” As Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, said in a press release today:

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. Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.

As Polygon points out, this will be the first time that Thrones has premiered outside of the spring season: every season debuted in April except for season three, which kicked off March 31, 2013. HBO also confirmed the longstanding belief that the latest season of the show would contain just seven episodes (the previous six seasons all ran for ten episodes each).

Filming for season seven will get underway soon in Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland.

Was It Tyrion in the Brothel with the Wine Chalice? You Can Now Play ‘Game of Thrones’ Clue

Whether it was Tyrion in the brothel with the wine chalice, or Daenerys at the city gates knocking over assorted fire pits, the solution to your next game of Clue will have a certain Game of Thrones flair to it. While those might not be the exact pieces, the new Game of Thrones version of everyone’s favorite whodunit board game is ready for you to solve the mysteries of Westeros. Included is a double-sided game board, 12 character suspects, six custom weapons, and plenty of fun for nights that aren’t Sunday.

HBO Releases One Final ‘Game Of Thrones’ Trailer Before Sunday’s Premiere

“Whoever you are, where ever you go, someone wants to murder you.”

Those cheery words from Tyrion Lannister kick off the last season six trailer for Game of Thrones, which finally debuts this Sunday on HBO. Fans of the show who have picked through all the previous trailers won’t notice any new major revelations about the stories we’re about to see, but there are just enough new snippets of footage to increase our excitement for the show’s return.

Ellaria Sand looking like she’s about to get what’s coming to her for killing Princess Myrcella. Seriously, Myrcella was about to marry Trystane Martell, and considering Tommen’s chances of surviving season six, the Dornish were pretty damn close to suddenly being on the Iron Throne. I expect a fitting punishment that will make everything we suffered through during the previous season in Dorne worthwhile.

Game of Thrones season six debuts Sunday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 6 Trailer Is Finally Here

After months upon months of relentlessly trolling its most dedicated fans, HBO has unveiled the first proper trailer for Game of Thrones’ presumably maddening sixth season. As hinted by (former?) Thrones star Kit Harington in a series of recent post-death (?) interviews, the latest batch of ice and fire promises to lift the audience’s broken spirits only to most likely destroy them again by the end of the season.

“I’m not in the show anymore,” Harington told Time Out London last week of Jon Snow’s Thrones fate. “I’m definitely not in the new series.” However, in the same interview, Harington described his recent visit to the Thrones set to film some alleged corpse sequences as “some of [his] best work.” Given the whole post-Snow vibe of this trailer, HBO isn’t keen on divulging the status (ghost?) of its most-mourned casualty just yet. “He’s gone,” a familiar voice tells the audience, though no one really believes that.

“Season 5 was such that I was just really moved by it all, and in that respect, it’s something that you can never give a short shrift to any of the moments,” Game of Thrones director David Nutter told Deadline last June after that soul-crushing finale. According to Nutter, the only true way to direct an inevitably picked-apart-by-critics episode of Game of Thrones is to “pour my heart and soul into everything.” No complaints there, David Nutter.

Game of Thrones, in a move that now places it ahead of the books by George R.R. Martin, unveils the first episode of its sixth season on April 24.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Will Premiere in April

April 24, to be exact. So mark your calendars.

HBO has released its spring debut dates and have confirmed that the hit series Game of Thrones will be back on the small screen in a back-to-back frenzy with Veep and Silicon Valley. All three shows will have a 10-episode run and it all begins on April 24, 9 p.m. EST.