The slow, agonizing march towards Game of Thrones‘ delayed Season 7 launch continued on Thursday with the most eagerly anticipated photo drop of the year.
HBO released a handful of images from the upcoming, seven-episode season (debuting Sunday, July 16), and the pics are available for immediate viewing via the attached gallery. (Click here for direct access)
Some key takeaways:
* Tormund hasn’t taken no for an answer re: Brienne.
* Little Lyanna Mormont looks poised to deliver another kickass speech, likely on behalf of Jon Snow.
* Meera and Bran look like they’re still on the run.
* Tyrion and Daenerys have obviously made landfall.
* Arya, Jon and Sansa are all represented, but will they share scenes again?
The release comes three weeks after HBO unveiled the first Season 7 promo (following a Titanic-like marketing stunt involving a ornery iceberg).
Kit Harington recently assured fans that what Season 7 lacks in quantity it will more than make up for in quality. “They spent an increasing amount of money on less episodes, so it’s gonna be much bigger in scale, the CGI,” Jon Snow’s portrayer said. “We’re trying new things, experimenting with new camera techniques. I think we’re trying to break boundaries and push past boundaries in these final two seasons.”
The actor added that he’s “done more” in Season 7 “than I’ve ever done,” adding, “I think every actor did more action, had more action, had more scenes. They really focused it [on the main cast] because less [new] characters are coming in; they’re focusing in on the existing ones… And there are lots of people who cross paths. And that’s something I think the audience has been waiting for for a long time.”
Launch Gallery: <i>Game of Thrones</i> Season 7 Photos