Game of Thrones Season 7 Photos: Dany Makes Landfall, Tormund Makes His Move, Cersei Takes the Throne

The slow, agonizing march towards Game of Thrones‘ delayed Season 7 launch continued on Thursday with the most eagerly anticipated photo drop of the year.

HBO released a handful of images from the upcoming, seven-episode season (debuting Sunday, July 16), and the pics are available for immediate viewing via the attached gallery. (Click here for direct access)  

Some key takeaways:
* Tormund hasn’t taken no for an answer re: Brienne.
* Little Lyanna Mormont looks poised to deliver another kickass speech, likely on behalf of Jon Snow.
* Meera and Bran look like they’re still on the run.
* Tyrion and Daenerys have obviously made landfall.
* Arya, Jon and Sansa are all represented, but will they share scenes again?

The release comes three weeks after HBO unveiled the first Season 7 promo (following a Titanic-like marketing stunt involving a ornery iceberg).

Kit Harington recently assured fans that what Season 7 lacks in quantity it will more than make up for in quality. “They spent an increasing amount of money on less episodes, so it’s gonna be much bigger in scale, the CGI,” Jon Snow’s portrayer said. “We’re trying new things, experimenting with new camera techniques. I think we’re trying to break boundaries and push past boundaries in these final two seasons.”

The actor added that he’s “done more” in Season 7 “than I’ve ever done,” adding, “I think every actor did more action, had more action, had more scenes. They really focused it [on the main cast] because less [new] characters are coming in; they’re focusing in on the existing ones… And there are lots of people who cross paths. And that’s something I think the audience has been waiting for for a long time.”

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16 Comments
  1. Joey says:

    ….More than make for in quality? As opposed to what we were given the past two seasons?

    • meleliot says:

      Quantity not quality – only 8 episodes instead of 10

    • Azerty says:

      I agree that seasons 4 and 5 were not the best but I had the impression season 6 finally moved on and was awesome.

      • Joey says:

        I’d argue that season 4 was the last season that was, at a bare minimum, decent. Many decisions made by characters, particularly throughout seasons 5 and 6, make no sense, whether you’re looking at the situation solely from the point-of-view of the character in question, or if you took a macro view knowing everything that we as the viewers know at that moment as well.

      • Season 4 actually is one of the best GoT seasons..check IMDB. Is the most acclaimed season along with S6. And some S3 episodes.

    • Wordsmith says:

      Yes, Joey, in case you need a refresher on reading comprehension, Kit Harrington was indeed saying that Season Seven will be bigger and better than previous seasons (despite being shorter). That was the whole point of his statement.
      You’re free to throw shade at the show, but you chose a really clumsy way to do it.

      • Joey says:

        Not really. You just didn’t like the comment. While I accidentally left out the word “up” in my comment, it was plainly obvious what was being said.

        • Wordsmith says:

          You phrased it as a question, as if you were sarcastically disagreeing with the quote. You can’t disagree with somebody who is saying the same thing that you are.

        • Wordsmith says:

          Instead, you should have said something like, “I seriously hope they make up for it in quality, after the past two lackluster seasons…”
          Hopefully this will prove helpful in your future trolling endeavors.

  2. kate says:

    Those of you who thinks that Jon will learn something in the crypts looks like you have some validity (the Winterfell crypts looks to be where he is, probably saying good bye to Rickon and looking sadly at where Ned should be, though I lost track of those after they were delivered to Catelyn and I think Theon had already overtaken Winterfell at that point).

  3. Kevin Tran says:

    Can’t wait for the new season of GoT come July 16th (Season 7 feels like a summer blockbuster). Any word yet on directors for the final six episodes and when they’re going to announced it?

  4. Wordsmith says:

    That expression on Tormund’s face may be my favorite thing ever.

  5. Wordsmith says:

    Is anyone else slightly weirded out by seeing the Khaleesi Crew in winter gear for the first time? I’ve gotten so used to flowy desert-wear…