Before we dig into specific plotlines for Game of Thrones season seven, it's worth noting it will be the next-to-last season of Game of Thrones, which will conclude its run after the eighth season in 2018. The upcoming season will premiere sometime during the summer of 2017, and unlike previous seasons which contained ten episodes, this season will only have seven, while season eight will add six.
Because the words of House Stark are always proven true eventually, winter has finally come to Westeros, and production on the show was moved later in the year to accommodate the colder backdrop into the action. The production of the show has returned to familiar filming locations in Northern Ireland for season seven, as well as adding some new locales in Spain and Iceland, among others. Jeremy Podeswa will direct the season premiere and finale, and he is joined by Mark Mylod, Matt Shakman, and Alan Taylor to round out the directorial team for this season.
It's also worth noting that what purports to be leaked script info from season seven has popped up on Reddit in recent weeks. Without including unconfirmed info from the leaks in the article below, a few of the details have been backed up by recent set spoilers—so take that as you will. If you'd like to read a run-down of what the now-deleted original leaker claimed, check out this thread on Reddit. Now that we've got some basic background information in place, let's take a look at what we know about your favorite Game of Thrones characters for season seven.
Updated 12/16/16: A lot of the new information this month seems to back up many of the points included in the supposed leaks. So for what it's worth, the evidence is beginning to mount that the leak may have been legitimate.
Updated 1/16/17: Liam Cunningham recently revealed to reporters at the Golden Globe awards that filming for season seven will wrap sometime in February, and filming for the eighth (and final) season will start up again around September 2017. Cunningham also confirmed that this season will have seven episodes, while the final season will have only six.