This morning, winter arrived in London, as the Night King was spotted travelling south on horseback from Hadrian’s Wall and descended on London, joined by a troop of White Walkers, with sightings at Oxford Circus, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London, as they advanced on Buckingham Palace’s Throne Room. The sightings, of course, mark the return of Game of Thrones to Sky Atlantic next Monday July 17th at 9pm.
The king set out from Hadrian’s Wall, a location that famously inspired George RR Martin’s vision for The Wall, a 700-foot ice wall in Game of Thrones that’s defended by the Night’s Watch and stretches for 300 miles along the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms. Five actors were transformed into White Walkers for the stunt, using specially designed prosthetics and a team of stylists and body paint artists to complete the look. It took over eight weeks to create the full costumes, and each actor spent four hours in makeup before hitting the streets of London.
Over five million viewed each episode of Season 6 across Sky’s platforms, including NOW TV and Sky Go, and saw the Night King’s full force revealed as he descended on Brandon Stark, Hodor and Meera Reed beyond the wall. The shortened season 7 will be the penultimate season of the show, which has become a global phenomenon for HBO and Sky. Once the series ends, however, there are already plans for spin-offs, which should keep the franchise alive comfortably into the 2020's.