Okay, as promised, here it is: the thread for Game of Thrones' seventh season. And as promised, I'm going to fill this opening post with links to blogs, websites, episode recaps, season recaps, podcasts, forums, you name it. This thread will also have a few bits for those looking to get into the show for the first time and need some convincing, so keep a look out for newbies posts! Brief introduction to Game of Thrones for newbies: For the newbies reading this, Game of Thrones is a high fantasy drama based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, written by author George R.R. Martin - it has been broadcast by the US television network HBO since its first episode in 2011. It has just finished its sixth season (and sixtieth episode), and is due to return in spring 2017. It's set in a universe loosely based on medieval England and medieval France. There's lots of blood, violence, death, sex, war, more death, politics, oh and a bit more death. Running through this already expansive universe are sorcery, religion, magic, dragons and heavy mythology. This makes for an initially overwhelming but quickly engrossing story full of tyrannical leaders, honest rebels, gorgeous heartthrobs, deceitful assassins, lovable idiots and dangerous conquerors. Here's a fantastic beginners guide which fleshes all of that out: http://blog.blinkbox.com/game-of-thrones-a-beginners-guide/ Here's the wonderful theme tune: IF YOU'RE A NEWBIE AND DON'T WANT TO HAVE BASICALLY EVERY MAJOR PLOT POINT SPOILED, DON'T GO ANY FURTHER. SEASON 6 PLOT SPOILERS ALSO FEATURE HEAVILY FROM HERE. Okay, guys and girls, down to the real nitty gritty. Now that season 6 has been out of the way for more than ten days, I think that's more than enough time to be looking ahead to season 7 (yes I am impatient). This will hopefully be the main discussion thread for the 7th season of Game of Thrones from this point on, but if the mods would prefer to separate this thread from the main discussion thread when season 7 actually airs next spring then that's totally fine. I'll be updating this original post in the event of the following: · when fresh news being posted in this thread · when I come across official news on the internet A lot of you are clearly as invested into the show as I am but could perhaps do with some fantastic resources to kill the boredom before next season comes around again. Instead of watching through every episode once more, which I'm currently planning to do with a friend of mine who is yet to lay his eyes on this wonderful series, I'm going to be providing all of you with the following over the course of this thread: · official news and leaked tidbits to get excited over · insightful articles to sift through · detailed and committed YouTube channels to explore (full of theories and commentary) · reaction videos to laugh, cheer and cry at · podcasts to check out · huge forums to join up to ... and much, much more as the months go by! So, without further ado: Game of Thrones Wiki: http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Game_of_Thrones_Wiki (with thanks to @Gelsons Dad). Confirmed staff/casting news for season 7: · The directors for season 7 have been confirmed as Alan Taylor (director in seasons 1 & 2), Jeremy Podeswa (director in seasons 5 & 6), Mark Mylod (director in seasons 5 & 6) and Matt Shakman, who is a newcomer to the show's staff. Articles to read: 1) AV Club episode recaps: http://www.avclub.com/tv/game-of-thrones-newbies/ 2) The Guardian episode recaps (season 6 only): https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/series/game-of-thrones-episode-by-episode YouTube channels (including reaction channels) to look over: 1) Alt Shift X: https://www.youtube.com/user/JaiWbio 2) Sean L (The Burlington Bar): https://www.youtube.com/user/seanmichaelloftus 3) HBO - Game of Thrones: https://www.youtube.com/user/GameofThrones 3a) Season 6 clips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdyYtz46Nola1JiY35_Tl0EMnCww4GZVY 3b) Other cool stuff: https://www.youtube.com/user/GameofThrones/videos Podcasts to listen to: 1) A Cast of Kings (live): http://podbay.fm/show/515836681 2) A Storm of Spoilers (recorded): http://podbay.fm/show/952917333 Forums to visit: 1) ASOIAF forum: http://asoiaf.westeros.org/ 2) Official HBO Game of Thrones forum: http://talk.hbo.com/t5/Game-of-Thrones/bd-p/game-of-thrones 3) Game of Thrones Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/gameofthrones/ That should keep you all busy for now!