'Game of Thrones' season 7 news: Series premiere date, teaser revealed

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Apparently, “Winter is coming” this summer. The most awaited season of “Game of Thrones” has finally unveiled its premiere date.

Through a Facebook Live event on Thursday, HBO announced that the Emmy award-winning fantasy series will return on July 16 for its seventh season. Viewed by over three million Facebook users, the live video displayed a melting rock of ice in the middle of a blasting fire. As the ice cracked, the release date was revealed.

During the social media event, the first teaser trailer was also unveiled. The snippet features the major house sigils from the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. In the later scene, the stone sculptures are crumbling into ashes. The voices of the major characters are heard in the background, including Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide), Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg), and Ned Stark (Sean Bean).

“Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell. They’re 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,” words from Daenerys.

The most notable voice is from Jon Snow (Kit Harington) when he says, “There is only one war that matters: The Great War. And, it is here.”

To promote the next season of the highly-acclaimed series, a queue of Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience is scheduled. The event will kick off on March 8 at BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Die-hard fans would get to see their favorite cast members.

Sadly, the first half of the season is reportedly composed of seven episodes only. Then, the second part will have six episodes, which will most likely start to air in September 2018.

Looking back in the season 6 finale episode, Daenerys, alongside Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), was heading back to Westeros with a colossal fleet. While Jon Snow was preparing for a war, Cersei sat on the Iron Throne after blowing up the Sept of Baelor with all her adversaries.