‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Fly Into Twitter Tailspin During Season 7 Announcement Glitch

HBO’s Facebook Live feed cut out twice before the premiere date finally came through

The masterminds behind “Game of Thrones” stayed true to their track record of torturing fans. During the show’s Facebook Live release of the Season 7 premiere date announcement on Thursday, things got glitchy and a lot of fans panicked — though, many also shared their amusement.

It took more than an hour to find out that Season 7 will premiere on (wait for it) July 16, 2017.

The Facebook Live video featured a block of ice with the announcement frozen inside. The more viewers commented on the video, the more fire was blown onto the ice block, thus getting that much closer to knowing how much longer we will need to wait to see what goes down in Westeros next. Viewers were urged to comment “Fire” and “Dracarys.”

The video launched at 11 a.m. Pacific Time, and lasted for roughly 18 minutes before cutting out unexpectedly, just when the ice block was starting to shrink. A few minutes later, a new live feed was up. But after about 20 minutes, that feed ended too. After an hour from the initial live feed, a third attempt was made.

After the first failed live stream, Game of Thrones tweeted this:

And “GoT” fans flew into a tailspin. Here are the best reactions:

 

Once the video finally started working, fans found that it featured cameos from Lena Heady, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Liam Cunningham.