Game of Thrones season 7: Where to watch it, episode guide, cast, secrets... and all you need to know

Fast Facts:

  • Game of Thrones season 7 premiere: July 16, 2017 (US)/July 17, 2017 (UK)
  • Directors: Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod, Matt Shakman
  • Cast: Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Conleth Hill, Rory McCain, Sophie Turner

Game of Thrones season 7 - everything you need to know

Game of Thrones season 7 is spectacular. Although not quite finished yet, HBO has created one of the show’s best seasons, and some of the finest TV ever aired. The battle for the Iron Throne is in full swing, the Night King is a terrifying, looming threat, and many of the biggest characters like Jon Snow, Tyrion, Cersei, and Daenerys are clashing or buddying up in equal measures. The pace of this season is breakneck, and the budgets are sky-high. 

What follows is your complete guide to everything Game of Thrones season 7 - from details on how to watch each episode, how to catch-up, who is in it, and what is going to happen next. Read on, bookmark the link for later, and know everything about this season of Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones season 7 air dates - where and when can I watch each episode?

Game of Thrones season 7 premiered on July 16, 2017 in the US. You can watch all episodes on HBO, obviously, and each one shows at 6pm PT / 9pm ET

In the UK you can watch it on Sky Atlantic at 2am on Monday mornings, if you're keen.  Once the show has aired in the US it’ll be available on HBO Go, so you don’t necessarily need to stay up if you’re based on the East Coast. 

In the UK you can catch up via Sky, and the episode will be available on Now TV from 3am too. You can also watch the episode at 2am by watching Sky Atlantic live via your NowTV browser.

Game of Thrones season 7 episode 6 will air on Sunday August 21.
Game of Thrones season 7 episode 7 (the season finale) will air on Sunday August 28.

Game of Thrones season 7 episode guide and plot - what happened?

Game of Thrones season 7 episode 1 - Dragonstone

Daenerys’ fleet arrives in Westeros, and she assumes control of the Targaryen ancestral seat of Dragonstone. In King’s Landing Cersei and Jaime are preparing for war, and the pair are visited by Euron Greyjoy who offers Cersei ‘a gift’ to try and win her hand in marriage. Arya Stark continues her journey of revenge by poisoning the entirety of House Frey as justice for their part in the Red Wedding, and she meets a bunch of Lannister soldiers - one of who is played by Ed Sheeran - who offer her dinner and a fire to warm her hands on. Meanwhile, in Winterfell, Jon and Sansa are preparing for war, and the pair disagree on the right strategies and ways to rule the north. Finally, The Hound and the Brotherhood Without Banners discover a farmhouse and take shelter from the cold, where The Hound sees a vision in the flames about a White Walker invasion at Eastwatch, the Night’s Watch castle right by the sea, at the far end of the wall.

Here is our full review of Game of Thrones season 7 episode 1 Dragonstone.

Game of Thrones season 7 episode 2 - Stormborn

In Winterfell Jon and Sansa continue to disagree on how best to prepare for the coming war with the White Walkers, and Littlefinger gets into a fight with Jon. Arya learns (from returning character Hotpie) that Sansa is alive and is Lady of Winterfell, so instead of heading south to try and kill Cersei, she travels north. Along the way she is reunited with her old direwolf, Nymeria. Sam continues to serve at the Citadel and starts to treat Jorah Mormont for his Greyscale after being forbidden to do so by the Arch Maester. In King’s Landing, Randyll Tarly joins forces with the Lannisters. At sea, Euron Greyjoy attacks Daenerys’ fleet, capturing Ellaria Sand, her daughter Tyene, and Yara Greyjoy, while Theon saves himself by jumping overboard. He also kills a pair of the Sandsnakes and sinks the rest of the Greyjoy boats.

Here is our full review of Game of Thrones season 7 episode 2 Stormborn.

Game of Thrones season 7 episode 3 - Queen’s Justice

Fresh from his naval victory, Euron brings Ellaria Sand and her daughter Tyene to King’s Landing as a wedding gift for Cersei. She agrees to marry him when the war is over. Cersei locks her prisoners in a cell under the Red Keep and poisons Tyene, forcing Ellaria to watch her daughter’s slow death. Jon Snow travels to Dragonstone where he meets Daenerys for the first time ever. He refuses to bend the knee to her, but asks to mine Dragonstone’s caves for Dragonglass, which can be used to kill the White Walkers. Dany sends the Unsullied to take Casterly Rock, the Lannister family home, which they do. However, the bulk of the Lannister army is busy capturing Highgarden (and claiming all the family’s gold, to pay back a debt to the Iron Bank). Jaime gives Lady Olenna poisoned wine, which she drinks willingly, and confesses to him that she was the one who plotted to kill his son, Joffrey, at the Purple Wedding. Theon is rescued by a lone surviving Greyjoy boat, and in Winterfell Bran is reunited with Sansa, but seems very distant from his sister. Jorah, meanwhile, is cured of his Greyscale.

Here is our full review of Game of Thrones season 7 episode 3 Queen’s Justice.

Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4 - The Spoils of War

Arya arrives in Winterfell and has an emotional reunion with Sansa (and a less emotional one with Bran). She trains with Brienne and shows impressive sword skills, using a Valyrian steel dagger - gifted to Bran, then given to her - as a secondary blade. At Dragonstone Daenerys and Jon are becoming more friendly, and Jon shows her ancient cave paintings in the Dragonglass mine that depict the first men fighting together against the White Walkers. Theon arrives on Dragonstone and is reunited, unhappily, with Jon. At the end of the episode Daenerys leads her Dothraki army (while flying Drogon) against the Lannisters. She destroys the majority of their forces, and when Jaime charges her with a spear at the end, he narrowly escapes death by dragonfire, as Bron tackles him into a nearby river. It’s epic.

Here is our full review of Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4 The Spoils of War.

Game of Thrones season 7 episode 5 - Eastwatch

Turns out Jaime and Bron are still alive after the Battle of the Loot Train, and they return to King’s Landing where Cersei tells her brother/lover that she’s expecting a fourth child. Meanwhile, Daenerys has Drogon burn Randyll and Dickon Tarly alive, after they refuse to bend the knee to her. When she returns to Dragonstone she is reunited with Jorah, and it seems her attachment to Jon is growing too. Tyrion sails to King’s Landing with Davos for a secret meeting with Jaime, where the little brother tries to convince the Kingslayer to help him fight the White Walkers instead of battling for the Iron Throne. Meanwhile Davos goes to fetch Gendry, the bastard son of Robert Baratheon, and they all head back to Dragonstone together. Following that, Jon, Gendry, Davos, and Jorah travel to Eastwatch, where they team up with The Hound, Beric Dondarrion, Tormund, and Thoros of Myr to form a ranging party. Their objective? To capture a White Walker in order to convince Jaime and Cersei to help them fight the Night King’s army in the North. In Winterfell, Littlefinger plants a note for Arya to find, in an attempt to drive a wedge between the sisters. Finally, Gilly discovers that Jon Snow’s real parents were secretly married, making Jon a legitimate Targaryen, and she leaves the Citadel with Sam after the rest of the Maesters refuse to help spread the word about the White Walker threat in the north. Phew!

Here is our full review of Game of Thrones season 7 episode 5 Eastwatch.

Game of Thrones season 7 episode 6 - Beyond the Wall

Jon Snow leads his hunting party north of the wall to try and recover a wight. After an encounter with an undead bear, where Thoros of Myr is mortally wounded, the group come across a small bunch of undead, kill the White Walker leading them, and capture a wight. They are then chased into the middle of a frozen lake by the rest of the Night King's army. Meanwhile, Gendry runs for help. He reaches the wall, Davos sends a raven to Daenerys, and she rides to rescue the group with all three of her dragons. She rescues them all apart from Jon, who falls into the frozen lake. Viserion - her smallest dragon - is killed by the Night King. Jon escapes the ice, and is given a horse by Benjen Stark, who buys time for him to flee (by dying). At the end of the episode the Night King drags Viserion out of the lake and reanimates him as a zombie dragon. Daenerys tends to Jon's wounds and the pair admit they have feelings for each other. Meanwhile, Arya confronts Sansa about her note (asking her brother Robb to surrender to the Lannisters in season 2), and the pair trade threats. Much to Littlefinger's delight. Sansa sends Brienne to King's Landing to represent her in a meeting between the rulers of the seven kingdoms. Keep up!

Here is our full review of Game of Thrones season 7 episode 6 Beyond the Wall.

Game of Thrones season 7 episode 7 - The Dragon and the Wolf

All the main players meet at the Dragonpit just outside King's Landing. Brienne and the Hound make up, Bronn, Tyrion and Podrick are reunited, and Euron storms off before negotiations really begin. They show Cersei the wight captured in the previous episode, but Cersei refuses to withdraw her armies unless Jon agrees not to fight her once the Night King is dead. He, in turn, refuses. Tyrion then tries to convince Cersei, and she appears to agree, recalls Jon and Dany and accepts their truce. She offers to send Jaime north with their armies, but reveals later that she's actually lying. Jaime decides to go anyway, and there's a tense scene where Cersei almost has him killed for it. At Dragonstone Theon has a heart-to-heart with Jon and goes to rescue his sister Yara. In Winterfell, Sansa lures Littlefinger into a hasty court in the Great Hall, and Arya executes him for all his scheming and the deaths he was responsible for. Sam arrives in Winterfell and speaks to Bran. The pair of them conclude that Jon Snow is actually a Targaryen proper, as his mother, Lyanna Stark, and father, Rhaegar Targaryen, were married when he was born. Jon's actual name is Aegon Targaryen. We discover this while Jon and Dany have sex on board one of her boats, as Tyrion looks on with a VERY worried face. The Night King shows up at Eastwatch and uses zombie Viserion the dragon to punch a gap in The Wall, allowing his armies to march through.

Here is our full review of Game of Thrones season 7 episode 7 The Dragon and the Wolf.

Game of Thrones season 7 run times - how long is each episode, and who directs them?

  • Episode 1 - Dragonstone: Jeremy Podeswa (59 mins)
  • Episode 2 - Stormborn: Mark Mylod (59 mins)
  • Episode 3 - The Queen's Justice: Mark Mylod (63 mins)
  • Episode 4 - The Spoils of War: Matt Shakman (50 mins)
  • Episode 5 - Eastwatch: Matt Shakman (59 mins)
  • Episode 6 - Beyond the Wall: Alan Taylor (71 mins)
  • Episode 7 - The Dragon and the Wolf: Jeremy Podeswa (81 mins)

Game of Thrones season 7 news - what is everyone talking about?

The big talking points for Game of Thrones season 7 cover most of the plotlines. As we near the end of the entire show, Thrones has boiled its major narratives down into interconnected, tightly woven tales, so there isn’t quite as much to follow any more. The biggest thing in season 7 is the meeting between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. People want to know if they’ll actually end up as a romantic pairing, and the signs are good that it’ll happen in some way. This is Game of Thrones, though, so don’t expect any kind of traditional happy ending.

Jon Snow’s parentage is a big thing too. Season 6 revealed that he was in fact Lyanna Stark’s son and not Ned Stark’s bastard, but we just assumed he was born out of wedlock. Until episode 5. Gilly discovers that she and the father - Rhaegar Targaryen - were secretly married, which makes Jon a legitimate Targaryen, and gives him a rightful claim to the Iron Throne. He just doesn’t know it yet. 

In terms of actual scenes… the Battle of the Loot Train at the end of episode 4 has been the absolute highlight. Daenerys’ crushing victory over the Lannister army, thanks to some furious Dothraki and a very large dragon, is one of the best battles ever seen on TV. And while not as grand or smartly made, people have lost their minds over the death of Viserion the dragon in episode 6.

Returning characters are a big theme in season 7 too. Gendry - the bastard son of King Robert Baratheon - is back, and we’ve also seen Hotpie the baker. Both these characters set out from King’s Landing with Arya in season 2, and it’s great to see them alive (for now). Arya’s direwolf, Nymeria makes a reappearance in episode 2, but doesn’t seem to be sticking around. We also saw the return of a pair of unnamed characters that The Hound robbed in season 3, and they provide an emotional backdrop to one of his scenes in the very first episode of season 7. Does the reappearance of Kevin Eldon (playing a completely different role to one of the Braavosi actors in season 6) count? Maybe. What about Ed Sheeran’s cameo in episode 1? Perhaps. Or the inclusion of Walder Frey in the very first scene of season 7? Maybe not… it was just Arya impersonating him to poison all the Freys.

Finally, everyone wants to know if it'll happen for Brienne and Tormund.

Read more: 15 amazing fan theories for Game of Thrones season 7

Game of Thrones season 7 trailers and poster - where can I see them?

The poster is right here. You can watch trailers for each episode on the Game of Thrones YouTube channel, which is updated each week with behind-the-scenes snippets, previews of the upcoming episodes, and interviews with the cast and crew. Fire and Ice is the big theme for this season, which is reflected in much of the artwork and promotional materials.

Game of Thrones recap will get you caught up just in time

It's a little late to start watching all the previous seasons of Game of Thrones again right now, so if you're not caught up by now... you're in trouble. However, don't worry - not only have we recapped the entire show in the videos above, we've also done it in article form. Check out these links below: 

Game of Thrones season 8 - when is it, and what will happen?

You all know that there are two seasons of Game of Thrones left, right? Game of Thrones Season 7 is due in July 2017, but HBO has already set a date for the filming of GoT8. Expect that to start in September, and expect it to be six episodes long (likely with a feature-length opener AND finale). What does that tell us? Well, it certainly implies that 7 and 8 will feel like one long season, with a big break half way through. That's no surprise - it's all about tying up plot threads and resolving character journeys now. Oh, and great big battles too. 

Speaking to NME, Liam Cunningham - who plays Ser Davos - says: "That’s seven episodes and then we start [filming] again in September and there’s a final six." This also implies we'll see Davos in S8, so don't expect his demise in season 7…

However, although Cunningham seems to know what he's talking about, HBO Programming President Casey Bloys suggested this may not be the case, if the show can't be wrapped up in such a short time. "“[Benioff and Weiss] are still figuring out the shape of the season, what they want to do… I’ll take as many as they want to do. If they give me eight, I’ll want 10.”

Either way, don't expect to see Game of Thrones 8 until later in 2018. We're tentatively predicting October / November, based on the filming schedule.

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