Let's recap what we know about Game of Thrones season 7: the possible air date, the number of episodes, the directors' list and some of the juiciest statements from Benioff and Weiss as well as Emilia Clarke.

GOT 7 premiere date.

Although we don't have an official release date, Game of Thrones season 7 premiere is likely to be aired in Spring 2017. We can speculate a premiere date in April 2017, even if we cannot exclude a release during March 2017.

How many episodes?

HBO hasn't yet confirmed what Jack Bender and the showrunners already told to the press, but the episodes of GOT season 7 are very probably going to be 7. Since the final season of GOT has been split into two shorter seasons (season 8 will probably feature 6 episodes) we expect a few installments to be longer than 50 minutes (1 hour or even 70 minutes).

The directors' list.

The list of season 7's directors has recently been released. Matt Shakman is the only newcomer on the list:

  • Alan Taylor
  • Jeremy Podeswa
  • Mark Mylod
  • Matt Shakman

Shakman directed a lot of episodes in other popular TV series like Mad Men, Psych, The Goodwife, New Girl and Fargo. Alan Taylor directed the final episode of GOT season 1 and season 2, and recently helmed Terminator: Genisys, while Podeswa directed the first two episodes of season 6 ("The Red Woman" and "Home"); Mark Mylod recently directed episodes 6x07 and 6x08 (the ones in which Jaime takes Riverrun and Arya faces the Waif in Braavos). Miguel Sapochnik, as you can see from the list, is not going to direct any of the next season's episodes.

The cast.

As reported by Watchers on the Wall, we will see in the show two new Northern characters, a sixteen-year-old girl and a ten-year-old kid who will be taking part in a "scene with leading cast members".

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Actress Josephine Gillan confirmed she'll be back in GOT's next season as Marei (look at the picture above), a prostitute in King's Landing who appeared in GOT season 2-6 (the girl we recently saw in Pycelle's room in episode 6x10).

Emila Clarke's predictions about season 7

Emilia Clarke has made some bold statements in the interview she released to Entertainment Weekly. Answering a question about the possibility of Daenerys meeting Jon Snow in season 7, Emilia Clarke stated that she doesn't know what is going to happen. "I could kill him. He could kill me. He could be dead before we even meet. I could be dead before we even meet. Arya could kill us both! You never know! Anything’s possible". Then added: "All I know is winter is coming… and I’m bringing the heat!"

The showrunners' statements about Cersei

After the season 6 finale, in which Cersei Lannister killed at least 300 people - according to our esteem - has Cersei officially became the "Mad Queen"? David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed in their interview to Deadline that much of season 7 is going to be about Cersei's mindset. "While Cersei has certainly done a lot of horrible things in her life and she could be a very cruel person, the one thing that was redemptive about her was that she genuinely loved her children.

[...] Who is she without her children?" Weiss said, adding that "the answer is something you’ll find out next season".