What Game of Thrones Season 7 apparently lost in a UFC fighter it gained in a New York Mets pitcher, but don’t worry about Season 7 forgoing the traditional cameo from the music world. Ed Sheeran will put in a likely-covert appearance with the penultimate season, to Maisie Williams’ delight.
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It’s taken this long for Game of Thrones to confirm a Season 7 premiere, and lips might finally now be loosening. Straight out of SXSW, Thrones bosses David Benioff and Dan Weiss confirm an even shorter episode order for the eighth and final season.
Considering the scale by which Game of Thrones increases each year (remember when they had to skip a battle in Season 1?), something had to give by the time we reached Season 7. That turned out to lower production to seven episodes at a later timetable, but star Kit Harington promises the money was well-spent on a “much bigger” scale of production.
Winter may have arrived in Westeros, but Game of Thrones is finally melting the ice with a summer premiere. At long last, Season 7 has been confirmed for an official July premiere, as revealed during a special, lengthy ice-breaking live event.
We’re way out in the woods on Game of Thrones this year, lacking a summer premiere or any sense of how Season 7 will start wrapping up George R.R. Martin’s incomplete saga. Still, were there any doubt Fire would meet Ice this year, allow the first poster to make that point literally.
Back in August it was confirmed that British actor Jim Broadbent was named as a major addition to the cast of Game of Thrones Season 7. He was said to be joining the production in a “significant” role, but this being the most top secret TV show of all, we of course learned nothing else about his character, until today. The beloved British character actor, best known for his roles in everything from the Harry Potter films to Moulin Rouge! and Bridget Jones, has revealed to ScreenCrush who he’s playing with some new details.
Buried among the avalanche of death and destruction rolling through each Game of Thrones season, we can usually find one or two yearly cameos from famous musicians, athletes, or other such fans of the show. We’ve had one debunked for Season 7, but apparently a notable New York Met found time to enter the World of Westeros, that of pitcher Noah “Thor” Syndergaard.
Torturous as it is that Game of Thrones Season 7 won’t join its predecessors with a spring premiere, the shortened episode count should only push the HBO drama so far out of its usual home. Now, star Liam Cunningham suggests HBO is looking at a July premiere, with production resuming in late summer.
Whatever your spoiler politics, it was hard to stay mad at Game of Thrones star Ian McShane for his cavalier attitude on revealing a “beloved character” return. The notoriously top-secret series got a dose of vulgar humility from the actor, and now McShane continues his candor, reminding fans to “get a f—king life.” Isn’t he adorable?
It’d be difficult to imagine someone beside Jonathan Pryce earning the High Sparrow’s fiery Game of Thrones end, but harder to envision anyone but Anthony Hopkins puppeteering that wild Westworld finale. That said, it seems Mad Men and The Crown alum Jared Harris was at one time up for either part, as revealed in a fascinating new interview.