Game of Thrones fans rejoice, for the seventh season of the tremendously popular series will air on HBO beginning July 16th.

We told you earlier today about HBO’s upcoming seventh season of the highly acclaimed Game of Thrones, and how following the release of a poster for the new season that same HBO had left us wondering when the show would hit the air again. We thought at the time that we may find out when that would be during SXSW, but it turns out we didn’t have to wait anywhere near that long.

Announced during a Facebook live stream, the new season starts later in the year than we have become accustomed to, with the show’s makers apparently keen to make room for additional production time.

Understandably there is still a tinge if disappointment that we are a long four months away from being able to join the gang in Westeros, but with Daenerys Targaryen on her way to Westeros presumably to kill everyone, Cersei Lannister taking the Iron Throne presumably to kill everyone, Arya Stark having avenged her family by killing everyone, and Jon Snow being crowned King of the North and hopefully set to kill everyone, we think the wait will be worth it.

Season seven will unfortunately only be seven episodes long rather than the usual ten, and with series creator David Benioff said in an interview last year that he thinks the series has just 15 episodes left in it before wrapping up, it’s a fair bet that the final season will be around eight episodes long.

15 does not sound like a lot of episodes in which to enjoy Game of Thrones, but with what we presume will be some truly epic episodes to come we cannot wait to get started.

Roll on July 16th!

Update x1: Season 7 teaser trailer is out. Watch it below:

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