With both shows ending on huge cliffhangers, anticipation for the next seasons is immense, with fans foaming at the mouth to find out what happens to… well… everyone.
So we’ve done our research, and pulled together a full-on info masterclass of everything our team have heard so far.
HBO and Game of Thrones dropped the official first promo for the upcoming season yesterday. Set to James’ Sit Down, we watch Jon Snow, Cersei and Daenerys walking through corridors seemingly towards the Iron Thrown of Westeros.
At first glance the promo video is set really well to the atmospheric and ironically jaunty song from 1989 by James Sit Down. However, if we watch the original music video it’s all about sitting down on what seems to be an obvious throne. Well done Game of Thrones, clever.
Quick recap of where we are up to
Daenerys Targaryan is on a boat, dragons circling overhead, sailing to kick-ass in Westeros. Cersei Lannister has just kicked-ass in King’s Landing by blowing up the Great Sept Of Baelor in what was possibly the most badass piece of onscreen-villainy since Scar killed Mufasa, and taking her seat on the Iron Throne. Jon Snow has already done some ass-kicking himself by defeating the Bolton’s in an epic battle and has been crowned King of the North. Whilst Arya is kicking-ass as she has done since episode one season one and is avenging her family by killing people, baking them into a pie and feeding them to their father… classic.
When can I expect to watch it?
Season 7 is set to premiere on HBO on July 16th 2017, followed by Sky Atlantic and NOW TV at 2am on July 17th. The summer launch is later than previous seasons due to the producers wanting to tie in the necessary weather with the shooting schedule…the six seasons of winter coming warning has finally caught up with the show meaning filming had to take place in a colder climate.
How many episodes will there be?
There will be seven episodes rather than the usual 10, allowing the producers to spend more time and money per episode, ensuring they are living up to the high standard they’ve set for both themselves and the fans. “Season seven has much more ambition,” said Kit Harrington, who portrays Jon Snow. “There are less episodes this year, so they spent more money on those episodes. So, the whole scale of it is up.”
With 13 episodes rumoured to be split between season 7 and 8, we can assume the final season will be made up of six episodes.
Jim Broadbent is joining the cast for 5 episodes, describing himself as “An old professor character”. Many of us have come to the conclusion he will be playing Maester Marwyn, a character who ties into Samwell Tarly and maybe Daenerys later on.
Ed Sheeran is set to become another of Game of Thrones’ musical cameos, joining the likes of Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody and Coldplay’s Will Champion. Mastodon’s Brent Hinds is also set to return as a White Walker after appearing as a Wildling in season five.
Leaked Season 7 Finale
These two images were leaked earlier last month. One shows Tyrion and Bronn beckoning Jon Snow into ‘Dragonpit‘. The second image shows the finale will be titled ‘Game of Thrones VII. Dragonpit Entrance‘. According to GoT spoiler experts Watchers on the Wall these images are legitimate and are corroborated by leaked filming details from Spain back at the end of last year.
According to Watchers on the Wall, present during this filming was a large range of the cast many of whom are sworn enemies in the show such as Jon Snow, Tyrion, Bronn, Cersei, Daenerys, Ser Jorah, Varys and others. Apparently they were all convening at Dragonpit to reveal a captured White Walker. Therefore, whilst the promo suggests the season will be about who finally takes the throne that the whole storyline has been about and hence the title ‘Game of Thrones’, maybe the sub-story becomes more prevalent. Ice vs Fire. Evil vs Good. The living vs The dead. The whole beloved gang mentioned above vs those damn weird white and blue guys!
Netflix are keeping Stranger Things a little more covered up than their HBO counterparts. The nearest to a promo we’ve gotten so far was the Super Bowl ad for the second season at the beginning of last month. One of the biggest highlights certainly is the clips of the crew in Ghostbuster’s outfits, continuing the 80s nostalgia which certainly was part of the show’s unprecedented and unexpected success.
As early as August, Netflix confirmed Stranger Things would return for a second season and immediately announced all of season 2’s nine episodes (one more than season 1) titles.
Just as the case with season 1’s titles, these are extremely vague however, have done just as Netflix intended: got people talking and furiously speculating their meaning and thus the plot of season 2.
Episode 1 – Madmax
Episode 2 – The Boy Who Came Back to Life
Episode 3 – The Pumpkin Patch
Episode 4 – The Palace
Episode 5 – The Storm
Episode 6 – The Pollywog
Episode 7 – The Secret Cabin
Episode 8 – The Brain
Episode 9 – The Lost Brother
Quick recap of where we are up to
Last season ended as Hopper and Joyce discovered Will unconscious in the Upside Down, casually ripping a snake out of his throat, before resuscitating him. At the same time, Eleven weakened by her time spent in the sensory deprivation tank, becomes an absolute machine and wipes out all of Doctor Brenner’s associates by crushing their brains with her mind because she’s probably the most epic 12 year-old ever to exist, then has her final showdown with the Demogorgon, which she obliterates while also obliterating herself. What have you done with your day because she’s 12 and she did all that?!
The season ends with Hopper mysteriously being picked up by a black car and Will coughing up a slug, temporarily phelgming himself to the Upside Down… BRING ON SEASON 2!
When can I expect to watch it?
Just as the case with season 1, season 2 will only be available on Netflix, with it being available to watch globally from 31st October. Halloween, touché Netflix.
The official plot synopsis reads ‘A year after Will’s return, everything seems back to normal… but a darkness lurks just beneath the surface, threatening all of Hawkins.’
We know the opening few episodes will take place on Halloween, which explains why the boys are dressed in Ghostbuster’s outfits in the promo.
Co-creator Matt Duffer said, “He seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down—the question is whether they’re real or not. So it seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.”
We also know Joyce will have a love interest in this season and it’s not Hopper. Apparently this will be a former school friend Bob. Meanwhile Hopper will return and will consistently try to keep the details of the Upside Down a secret from Joyce and the boys, as if he’s been sworn or scared into secrecy when he was taken away in the mysterious black car.
Nancy’s (Mike’s sister) best friend Barb remains missing along with Mike’s love interest Eleven, with the latter of course set to return. But who knows…will Barb be back? Probably not knowing Barb… that’s so Barb.
A huge spoiler is Eleven’s new curls. Gone are the bald Eleven days, as she has spawned hair according to Entertainment Weekly’s cover.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) February 8, 2017
The aforementioned Bob will be a new character played by Sean Austin. As well as that there will Billy played by Dacre Montgomery (the new red power-ranger) and his sister Max played by Sadie Sink. Max will befriend the boys providing Lucas and Dustin their own love interest, as why not, it seems everyone seems to have one. Another big addition will be Roman played by Linnea Berthelsen. Creators The Duffer Brothers commented when speaking about Roman, “After growing up homeless with a drug-addicted mother, she suffered a great loss at an early age and has been seeking revenge ever since.”
Executive producer Shawn Levy said, “There’s definitely a handful of really compelling new characters this season, but absolutely servicing the core group first and foremost.” He added, “Like the show itself, it’s multigenerational new characters and really, really intriguing ones.”
As disastrous as 2016 was, it undeniably had epic TV shows and 2017 looks no different. We don’t know all the ins and outs about what will happen in the two shows, but we do know, we can’t bloody wait.