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Game Of Thrones reveals return date in elaborate video stunt

By Francesca Gosling

The seventh series of fantasy epic Game Of Thrones will start on July 17, it has been announced.

Bosses of the HBO show made the revelation via social media in an elaborate live video stunt.

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 they had been waiting for.

The video then continued with teaser clips of the upcoming series, complete with a fresh wave of battles, dragons and creepy creatures.

In a new trailer, returning character Jon Snow says: "There is only one war that matters - the great war - and it is here."

After being pushed back from its usual April launch, the latest season is the show's penultimate series.

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

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