Here's what we know so far about Game of Thrones season 7: when it will probably air, the number of episodes, all the directors' names and who is going to join the regular cast.

GOT 7 air date.

We don't have an official release date for GOT 7 premiere, but the first episode of season 7 will probably air in Spring 2017. We would probably have to wait until April 2017, with a small chance of a premiere date in March 2017.

The number of episodes.

Even if HBO hasn't yet confirmed the plan to reduce the next season's number of episodes, GOT season 7 will probably feature 7 episodes while season 8 will probably count only 6 installments.

We expect some of these episodes to be longer than usual (60 minutes or even more).

Showrunners and directors.

Game of Thrones' showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will stay until the very end. Here's the list of season 7's directors recently released by HBO:

  • Alan Taylor (Game Of Thrones 1x09, 1x10, 2x01, 2x02, 2x08, 2x10)
  • Jeremy Podeswa (GOT 5x05, 5x06, 6x01, 6x02)
  • Mark Mylod (GOT 5x03, 5x04, 6x07, 6x08)
  • Matt Shakman (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mad Men, FX's Fargo)

Matt Shakman is a newcomer to the series who directed many episodes in other remarkable TV shows. Sadly, Miguel Sapochnik ("The Gift", "Hardhome", "The Battle of the Bastards", "The Winds of Winters") is not on the list. We really hope our favourite GOT's director will be back in Game of Thrones season 8!

New characters and a returning guest star.

Game of Thrones season 7 casting has begun. According to Watchers on the Wall, the show is casting two young Northern characters, a 16-year-old Northern girl and a 10-year-old Northern boy who will be taking part in a "high-stakes scene with leading cast members".

According to The Sun, Josephine Gillan will be back in GOT season 7 as Marei, a prostitute in the King's Landing brothel owned by Petyr Baelish. Marei appeared in GOT season 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (she's the one we saw naked in Grand Maester Pycelle's chambers in the season finale).