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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:06

VIDEO: Foxtel’s favourite winter game soon to start, GoT S7, 17 July


Game of Thrones Season 7 is about to start, airing on 17 July at 11am (same as the US), with the “encore” airing 8.30pm AEDT the same day.

Winter has been coming for six long seasons in the fictional world that is Game of Thrones, and just like we’re feeling in parts of Australia (and particularly Canberra), Winter is finally here with an “all-new season of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honour, conquest and triumph.”

And, in case you’ve somehow missed it, 17 July 17 at 11.00am AEDT is the moment that “Foxtel will broadcast the much-anticipated seventh season of worldwide TV phenomenon Game of Thrones at the same time as the US, in a global television simulcast".

Airing on Foxtel’s Showcase channel, that first episode will also re-air at 8.30pm that same Monday, and will also be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now.

Naturally, it will be the same story week after week until all of Season 7’s seven episodes have aired.

In addition, Foxtel is showcasing a stack of GoT content on its Showcase channel, which is as follows:

  • Tuesday, July 4 at 8.30pm Game of Thrones: Greatest Moments (90 minute special)
  • Tuesday, July 11 at 8.30pm Game of Thrones: The Story So Far (65 minute special)
  • Thursday, July 13 at 10.10pm Thronecast: The War Room (45 minute special)
  • Monday, July 17 at 11.00am and encore at 8.30pm - Game of Thrones Season 7
  • Every Tuesday at 10.30pm from July 18 - Thronecast Season 7 (7 x 60 minutes)

Before we go on with all of the extra info that Foxtel has provided on Season 7, and background on GoT that would presumably only be a refresher for your memory, here’s the official Season 2 trailer (YouTube embed below, version here.)

So, what’s all the other info Foxtel has provided on the GoT S7 premiere? Here we go – and SPOILER ALERT if you’re still one of the handful of people who are yet to watch any of the previous seasons:

“With seven new episodes premiering, Season 7 will focus on a convergence of armies and attitudes that the show’s legions of fans have been anticipating for years. As the season begins, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her unsullied army and emboldened by Dothraki/Ironborn allies and her lethal trio of dragons, has finally set sail for Westeros with Tyrion Lannister, her newly appointed Hand.

“Jon Snow, memorably reanimated in Season 6, has apparently consolidated power in the North after his spectacular conquest of Ramsay Bolton in the “Battle of the Bastards” and the return of Winterfell to Stark control. In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister, bereft of any surviving heirs, has successfully seized the Iron Throne by using wildfire to incinerate the High Sparrow and other foes in the Sept of Baelor.

“But as these and other factions drive inexorably towards new alliances or (more likely) violent conflicts, the cold spectre of another, apocalyptic threat — in the form of an army of undead White Walkers expected to breach The Wall and invade the South — threatens to undermine the status quo and obliterate the outcome of these smaller, all- too-human rivalries.

“Based on the bestselling book series by George R.R. Martin (a co-EP) and fuelled by storylines that have gone beyond the narratives set forth in those novels, Game of Thrones is set in the fantasy continents of Westeros and Essos, where summer can last years and winter (which is finally arriving) can last even longer. With David Benioff and D.B. Weiss again serving as showrunners, Season 7 was shot in Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland.”

Game of Thrones’ returning cast is led by Peter Dinklage (winner of two Emmys for his role and star of HBO Film’s upcoming My Dinner with Herve), Lena Headey (300), Emilia Clarke (Terminator Genisys), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Oblivion), Aidan Gillen (The Wire), Kit Harington (MI-5), Diana Rigg (The Avengers), Sophie Turner (X-Men: Apocalypse), Maisie Williams (The Falling), Alfie Allen (John Wick), John Bradley (Borgia), Gwendoline Christie (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Liam Cunningham (Safe House), Jerome Flynn (London’s Burning), Iain Glen (Resident Evil: Extinction), Conleth Hill (Two Down), Nathalie Emmanuel (Furious 7), Carice van Houten (Valkyrie), Indira Varma (Rome), Isaac Hempstead Wright (The Awakening), Kristofer Hivju (The Thing), Hannah Murray (Skins), Pilou Asbaek (Borgen), Rory McCann (Slow West), Richard Dormer (‘71).

“Game of Thrones has received a mind-boggling 100 Emmy Award nominations since 2011, and has won a total of 38 Emmys – the most of any fictional series in history. After winning a record-shattering 12 Emmys in 2015, Game of Thrones matched that same total in 2016, repeating for Best Drama Series, Writing and Directing.”

So, get ready to get your game on, transform your TV room into your throne room, and prepare for the massive battle and carnage that will take us all right into what will surely be the biggest cliffhanger yet that will only be resolved in 2018’s Season 8!

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