Summer TV Preview 2017: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Defenders' and '80s Lady Wrestlers

From the Iron Throne to the Black Lodge – Rob Sheffield lays out your complete must-see viewing guide for the season

'Game of Thrones': Season 7

HBO
July 16th

It's the most fervently anticipated TV event of the year – the return of Game of Thrones. The white raven from the Citadel has touched down in Winterfell, which means it's official: Winter is here. Cersei Lanner sits on the Iron Throne in the aftermath of the Battle of the Bastards; in last season's stunner finale, Cersei she a host of her problems at once by setting the Sparrows ablaze, wrapping up one of the saga's least enthralling subplots in a great ball of fire. Jaime arrived home just in time to see his sister/lover take over as queen, before the ashes of their last remaining child have a chance to get cold. Daenerys sets sail with Tyrion as her Hand of the Queen, while Jon Snow reigns as King in the North. They are all ready to make their next move. Season Seven promises to be the tightest yet – seven episodes instead of the usual 10. With George R. R. Martin's books now distant in the rear view mirror, Game of Thrones breaks out in new directions, adding cast members like Jim Broadbent and Tom Hopper – along with some guy named Ed Sheeran.

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