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When does Game of Thrones series 7 start?

From spoilers, to new characters and the start date, here's all of your GOT questions answered

The much-anticipated series 7 of Game of Thrones is nearly here.

Fans were left in shock following Jon Snow's murder at the end of series 5, but had to wait until episode two of series 6 to discover his fate.

But now, the Night Watch commander has been brought back to life by the Red Lady using dark magic.

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming season...

When will series 7 start?

Series seven will begin on Monday July 17 on Sky Atlantic.

The channel will show the episodes at the same time in the US and America, which means series 7 will air at 2am GMT. However it will then be repeated at 9pm that night.

In the past each series has always aired in April but this time around there has been a delay.

This is because filming was pushed back as producers needed chilly weather with plenty of snow. After all winter is finally here.

How many episodes will there be?

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Series seven will be much shorter than the others, with only seven episodes as opposed to the usual 10.

And it's rumoured series eight will be even shorter, with only six episodes.

What do we now so far?

In the trailer we see Cersei, Daenerys and Jon Snow heading towards their prospective thrones.

As Cersei takes her seat she lets out a frozen breath of air which turns into the undead eye of the leader of the White Walkers known as the Night King.

It is suggested a great battle is yet to come when Cersei, Daenerys and Jon Snow collide, but it's unclear if they will face each other in this series or in the following one.

Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff has revealed singer Ed Sheeran will make a cameo. Apparently it was planned as a surprise for superfan Maisie Williams who plays Arya Stark.

Speaking to Hits Radio, Ed confirmed the news, saying: "I do a scene with Maisie. I sing a song and then she goes, ‘oh, that’s a nice song’."

Fansite Watchers on the Wall has speculated that murderous Walder Frey (played by David Bradley) might be resurrected and it could be linked to Arya's ability to 'borrow' faces from the dead.

Will there be any new characters?

The most exciting new addition is Jim Broadbent, known for his role in the Harry Potter films as Horace Slughorn.

Speaking to ScreenCrush , Jim revealed more about his role: "I’m a maester, an archmaester. I'm an old professor character.

“I did five episodes. I did sort of one major scene in each episode.”

Series 6 catch up

In Winterfell the sadistic Ramsay Bolton secured his power in the North by killing his step-mother Roose and his newborn half-brother.

His reluctant bride Sansa Stark managed to escape cruel Ramsay's clutches and journeyed to the Wall to reunite with her brother Jon Snow.

Together the siblings gathered supporters to got to war with Ramsay and reclaim the North.

Alongside the Knights of Vale, the Stark brother and sister defeated the Bolton forces and Sansa fed Ramsay to his hounds. Jon Snow was proclaimed King of the North.

Meanwhile in King's Landing, Jaime Lannister and the Tyrell army were trying to free Margaery and her brother Loras from the sparrow prison. But Margaery convinced the High Sparrow she had reformed and was now a believer - leading Tommen to form an alliance with the Faith.

During Cersei's trial she used wildfire to burn the Great Sept - killing the High Sparrow, Margaery and her brother. After witnessing the event Cersei's son, Tommen, killed himself- launching himself from the window of the Red Keep.

Cersei was crowned Queen of Westeros.

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Beyond the Wall, Bran Stark trained with the Three-Eyed Raven. In one of Bran's visions it was revealed Jon Snow is not the illegitimate son of Ned but is actually the child of Lyanna Stark and possibly Rhaegar Targaryen.

If Daenerys' deceased older brother is Jon's father then he will have a rightful claim to the thrown of the Seven Kingdoms.

Meanwhile in Essos, Daenerys was captured by Khal Moro who stood her on trial before the other khals. When they refused to serve her Daenerys burned them alive - emerging from the flames naked and unburnt - and took command of their Dothraki tribes.

Alongside Tyrion, Daenerys gathered a fleet of one hundred ships and set sail for Westros.

In the final scene Daenerys ships were seen reaching the waters of King's Landing.

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