07.16.17. Well, at least now we know.
If your favorite pastime is watching a block of ice melting, then the “Game of Thrones” latest Facebook Live is for you!
In a surprise event to reveal the Season 7 premiere date, the show hosted a Facebook Live of a melting block of ice, with the premiere date inside. Over a million people showed up to watch the video, and fans were encouraged to type “FIRE” — and eventually “DRACARYS” — in the comments in order to help melt it faster. Cast members like Issac Hempstead Wright and Lena Headey even showed up during the stream at various points to encourage fans.
Everything seemed to be going smoothly, which we all know is when “Game of Thrones” typically throws a wrench into the works.
The video unexpectedly crashed at 15 minutes in — too much fire, maybe? — turning an exciting and funny experience into kind of a mess. Fans were not too pleased to have their fun cut off (yep, that’s right — watching ice melt is super fun), and HBO scrambled to get the video back up.
15 minutes later, we were back in the game, with a significantly smaller number of live viewers showing up — probably because they had to restart the video all the way from the beginning. And then … it crashed for a second time and fans pretty much lost all their chill (pun intended).
The third time was apparently the charm, and though it may have been a frustrating way to waste a full hour, we finally have the premiere date. “Game of Thrones” will return July 16, 2017.
HBO also released the first official sneak peek teaser (sans new footage or dialogue) after the fiasco that was the Facebook Live ended.
Expect even more “Thrones” news when showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, along with Stark sisters Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, attend a featured speaker panel at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas on Sunday.
Winter is officially coming… we just have to wait until the middle of summer for it to get here.