Spoiler alert: 'Game of Thrones' new season begins with a massacre
Winter is coming. And so, finally, is the long-awaited seventh season of the biggest show on television, 'Game of Thrones'.
Guests attending the premiere of the epic fantasy's new season in Los Angeles were warned "take no photos, hold no phones, and spread no rumours on social media".
Among the cast members appearing in Los Angeles were Irish stars Liam Cunningham and Aidan Gillen, along with Sophie Turner, Alfie Allen and Maisie Williams.
Called 'Dragonstone', the first episode picks up where the final instalment of season six closed, with Jon Snow and Sansa Stark ruling the North at Winterfell.The start of the episode sees a large gathering and a notorious plotter addressing his followers. Then, a shift in tone, and a swift massacre - without actual violence.
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Armies are advancing from all sides, and the show that had previously featured would-be monarchs warring from distant lands, this season will bring them all to Westeros, for the ultimate battle for the Iron Throne.
"It's been almost a high-class soap, with different families, moving around, geographically," said Cunningham, aka Ser Davos Seaworth.
"Now, it's getting incredibly dark. These small battles and wars have been going on between the various factions of the Seven Kingdoms, but now, all of a sudden, we have this devastating army, thousands of the undead, approaching - and nobody in Westeros has the forces to defeat them."Game of Thrones season 7 predictions - here’s what we think will happen