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Game of Thrones reveal season 7 premiere date

Thousands of fans watch block of ice melt to reveal premiere date

Game of Thrones is set to return to UK screens on July 17, it has been announced.

The hit HBO series will end after season eight leaving fans with only two more series of bloody battles, sword fights and dragons.

It will be available from 2am on Sky Atlantic on July 17 and online streaming service Now TV, followed by a repeat at 9pm the same day.

The sixth season culminated in Daenerys setting sail for the Seven Kingdoms, Snow dubbed King of the North, Cersei seizing the Iron Throne and the Night King amassing forces.

On Thursday night it was announced that the seventh season will return to screens in July.

HBO made the announcement on Facebook live which saw fans watching a giant block of ice melt to reveal the release date.

Fans watched for more than an hour in anticipation as a huge block of ice in a room lit with torches melted away to reveal the date.

Previously the programme had said the premiere had been pushed back due to a scenery related delay.

Programming president Casey Bloys said: "Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing."

The eighth and final season is expected to follow in 2018.

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