9 ‘Game of Thrones’ Developments Since the Season 6 Finale (Photos)
Even in the off season, HBO’s fantasy epic can make news
Scott Collins | September 7, 2016 @ 5:43 PM
Last Updated: September 8, 2016 @ 9:19 AM
"Game of Thrones" won't return until next year, but there are already some important off-screen developments to catch up on. Make sure you know about all these:
We all assumed that "GoT" would end after season 8, but this summer, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss made it official: Eight is enough. At least for them.
Meanwhile, rumors about season 7 are spilling out all over the interwebs. After actor Jason Momoa shared a photo of himself in an Irish pub with Benioff and Weiss, rumor-mongers were convinced his character Khal Drogo is coming back.
The rumor mill has led to some wild theories. One had it that former "Murder She Wrote" star Angela Lansbury would show up for season 7. Nope, the 90-year-old star's reps say.
But here's something we do know: Oscar winner Jim Broadbent will join the "GoT" cast. We don't know his role yet - but of course, theories abound. Check the Internet.
We also know that season 7 will premiere slightly later than usual in the summer, and that filming will include locations in Northern Ireland and Iceland, as well as some new spots in Spain.
Jon Snow looks to be the most popular Westeros resident. As a promotional stunt, HBO offered a mock election for "Game of Thrones" characters, and the hero played by Kit Harington won with a plurality of 35% of the vote. Daenerys Targaryen was second with 31%.
It's "Game of Thrones" on tour! Composer Ramin Djawadi will launch a 28-city tour starting in February featuring music he wrote for the show, complete with live orchestra.
Look for the debate over sexual violence on "GoT" to get more intense than ever, as the explicit nature of the program attracts criticism from those who see the show as part of "rape culture."
Then there's author George R.R. Martin. Speculation abounds for when he might finish his long-delayed "The Winds of Winter." But for now, the publisher says there's no planned date. Which means the show could likely finish before the books that end the story are published.
What's your prediction about season 7? Leave it in the comments.