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Fans react to first Game of Thrones season seven poster

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In a surprise event to reveal the Season 7 premiere date, the show hosted a Facebook Live of a melting block of ice, with the premiere date inside.

We'll keep you updated as we hear more. Fan stories since the end of season 6 have been maneuvering all over the internet on what to expect from season 7.

But given that they made the fans work for an hour to learn the all important date, they kindly then paid them off with this first look (or rather, listen) at the upcoming series. A mixture of fire and ice - both a reference to the title of the book series and the coming conflict - and a hashtag. And while the videos total less than a minute in view time collectively, they make that three-month-long wait until Season 7's release date all the more hard. Her visit to Alberta left fans wondering whether a reunion between Arya Stark and her direwolf Nymeria was in the cards. Or a weird Facebook live event which invited everyone to literally watch ice melt for about forty minutes before finally revealing the date?

The big announcement came Thursday during a Facebook Live video.

Game of Thrones returns this summer - bring it on.

After what seems like eons, HBO is breaking its silence about its Game of Thrones season 7 plans. This is will be the penultimate season of the series and will have only seven episodes. We still don't know the exact premiere date, but we'll let you know when we do.

While no characters appear on the poster, the imagery very much points to the ice and fire the entire saga is built around. There is boundless drama ahead as the constant power struggles continue and the people of Westeros resume their game of musical chairs with the Iron Throne.