HBO has a lot to look forward to in 2017, including the returns of both Game of Thrones and Curb Your Enthusiasm, but if British men shouting is your thing, they’ve got you covered too. Welcome back John Oliver for 2017, as HBO goes all-out with the hits to promote Last Week Tonight Season 4.
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Even the deadest of dead Game of Thrones characters are hardly off-limits by Season 7, though it had appeared Season 6 made short work of lingering figures to tighten up its final years. Surprisingly, we may not have seen the last of a Game of Thrones villain who made a brief return in Season 6, despite a pretty large hole in his neck. Allow us to explain.
For as long as Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss have discussed the final two seasons, the suggestion has been seven episodes for Season 7, and six episodes for Season 8. That final year doesn’t yet have an official renewal, which may yet lead to an increased episode order for the final Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones has had its share of recasts and near-misses over the years, but it’s genuinely saddening to miss out on the great Mahershala Ali. The Moonlight and Luke Cage star apparently put in for a role in Season 2 (admittedly not the best), revealing what thwarted his audition in a new interview.
UnREAL and Harry Potter fans were excited as any by the Game of Thrones Season 6 casting news that Freddie Stroma would portray Samwell Tarly’s brother, Dickon, though the actual appearance itself proved surprisingly short. Well, there’s good news and bad for Season 7, as we’ll likely be seeing more of Dickon Tarly, albeit with a very different face.
We’re long past the point of worrying if HBO’s Game of Thrones will spoil any of author George R.R. Martin’s remaining books; now just wondering when we’ll get to read the darn things. There may be good news on that front, as Martin is pretty sure sixth book The Winds of Winter will be out in 2017.
The past year was a dramatic one for us all, but only one series can take home the Best Television Series, drama at the 2017 Golden Globe awards. We could spend a year watching all the TV choices out there, but The Crown has cemented itself above the rest by taking home the gold.
Among the myriad reasons presented for Game of Thrones Season 7 shrinking to seven episodes over the usual ten, producers explained that the level of production could no longer accommodate so many episodes a year. Now, comments from star Iain Glen support that, noting that Season 7 will take just as long to film as full seasons.
By now, you’ve likely seen some dozen of permutations on the sentiment that Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin must have written 2016, given all the high-profile deaths. Most recently, fans lost both Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher and Watership Down author Richard Adams, for which Martin offer his own thoughts on this “wretched year.”
Considering Game of Thrones began its 2016 run with one of the series’ biggest reveals to date, and closed out the final 10-episode season with a hearty tease for summer 2017, is it any wonder the series continues to dominate the year’s most pirated TV? See what else made the list, including your next HBO obsession, and surprising entry from the comic world.