'Game of Thrones' season seven to premiere on July 16

Game of Thrones Season 7: New Teasers

What seemed to be a long wait before any further announcement from the showrunners, Game of thrones official Facebook page has just revealed the premiere date of the penultimate season.

We also got a sneak peek teaser (which was not technically a teaser since it had no new footage or dialogue) after the fiasco that was the Facebook Live ended.

Encouraging visitors to "rally the realm", they were instructed to type "Fire" into the comments section to help melt the ice and unveil the premiere date. But the video turned black twice leaving fans disappointed. Over the course of the roughly 70 minute live feed, a little more than 160, 000 people tuned in to see the reveal. "The fire in the realm was overpowering but we're back", the team explained.

Then that one crashed, too.

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It has been quite awhile since the explosive (literally) finale of Game of Thrones' sixth season. The block was noticeably slimmer. The video went down another time and a new video hasn't appeared as of this writing.

At this point, HBO could post a video of ice melting and I'd watch it with bated breath. Presumably because HBO realized that even Game of Thrones fans weren't desperate to pretty much watch the equivalent of paint drying for this long just to learn a release date, and chose to end this nightmare quicker.

March usually means that the return of Game of Thrones is just a month away, but everything has changed this year. Facebook users were encouraged to comment "fire" or "dracarys" (Daenerys Targaryen's command for her dragons) to incite a blowtorch to melt the ice faster.

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