Every now and then, some spoilers or behind-the-scenes pics manage to slip out from the ultra-secretive set of #GameOfThrones Season 7, but there's still one secret that HBO has managed to keep remarkably close to the vest. When will the new season premiere?
Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos on the show, recently let slip a few words on that topic that have the internet speculating like mad. He told the Irish Independent:
"I've been disappointing various people around the world because [the new season] was meant to come out in April. It’s July now, I think."
July?! That's even later than we feared! How will we survive this never-ending winter?!
Well, don't pull your hair out just yet, kids. Cunningham's statement might not be altogether reliable. Don't let his status as a Game of Thrones star fool you into thinking his word is completely legit. After all, Gwendoline Christie told an interviewer that Season 7 was going to feature all the main characters driving around Westeros in their very own cars. Actors say the darndest things.
First of all, Season 7 was never meant to come out in April, so Cunningham's a little off there. While the first six seasons did all hit the air in April, we've known that Season 7 would have a later premiere since August. Benioff and Weiss warned us that everything was going to be later with Season 7:
"We're starting a bit later because at the end of this season, 'winter is here' — and that means that sunny weather doesn't really serve our purposes anymore. So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim, gray weather, even in the sunnier places that we shoot."
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Also, earlier this year, there was another fluke that seemed to reveal a potential premiere date for Season 7 that might have a little more weight to it that Cunningham's off-the-cuff remarks. On January 21, someone logged on to IMDb and added an air date for Season 7 Episode 1 in the Game of Thrones episode guide. The fateful day? June 25, 2017.
IMDb is a fan-curated site, so the info could have been added by anybody. But the info was taken down ASAP, which might mean HBO had a hand in ensuring that that exact date remained a mystery. Since it's at the end of the month, June 25 sounds like it could be the sort of date that would make the wishy washy Cunningham say "July, I think," so it's probably too soon to rule June out of the running just yet.
Filming for Game of Thrones Season 7 has finally come to an end, which means there's a 99% chance that Benioff and Weiss already know exactly when Thrones will return and are just biding their time to tell us with some jaw-dropping teaser. Here's hoping that day comes soon!
In the mean time, here's the in-production teaser that we do have for 'Game of Thrones' Season 7.