HBO's hit show 'Game of Thrones' is going into its seventh season this year, and the premiere-date has finally been announced on several social media platforms. Fans can look forward to the return of the epic saga on July 16, 2017. In this article we'll be looking at where season 6 left off and how Season 7 was officially announced.

Where Season 6 of 'Game of Thrones' left off

When season 6 of HBO's popular fantasy drama 'Game of Thrones' ended, viewers were left with a major reveal, which all but confirmed a long-standing fan theory that has been circulating the internet for nearly a decade: Jon Snow is in fact the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryean, and while Daenreys Targaryean is finally making her way to Westeros with a humongous army at her disposal, Cersei Lannister has been crowned Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.

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Many characters have been eliminated at this point and an epic showdown between the remaining houses looms closer. Also, who could forget about the terrifying White Walkers who are also marching towards the world of the living? It is no surprise that fans across the globe are eagerly awaiting the return of the most pirated television series of all time.

HBO announces Season 7 premiere-date

HBO prepared a live event for the season 7 announcement on Facebook, with over 100,000 fans tuning in to find out when 'Game of Thrones' will return to the small screen. Also, a teaser video was uploaded to the official 'Game of Thrones' YouTube channel on March 9, 2017. In this teaser we see various sigils of the major houses accompanied by familiar voices of some of our favorite characters in the show.

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"Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell, are all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top, then that one’s on top, and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. "I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel." says a determined Daenerys, while the sigils crumble into pieces. The video ends with the menacing glare of a White Walker and a stern warning by Jon Snow: "The same thing is coming for all of us.

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There's only one war that matters: the great war, and it is here" amidst all the hype, fans will have to remain patient until 'Game of Thrones' makes its long awaited return on July 16, 2017.