Game of Thrones understandably has to build hype year after year, especially when a penultimate season keeps fans waiting later than usual. Bless their hearts, HBO even tried to make Season 7’s premiere reveal special with a giant block of ice, though star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says producers found the failed stunt “embarrassing.”

In case you missed it, HBO sought to dramatize the reveal of Season 7’s July premiere date a few weeks ago, taking a very Game of Thrones approach in melting a giant block of ice with flamethrowers. Were you actually tuned to the livestream, you’d have seen the widely-ridiculed event taking significantly longer than coordinators thought, also dropping its Facebook feed on multiple occasions.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Ice Block Embarassing

Naturally, a little PR mishap is no skin off Game of Thrones cast and crew, though star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau told The Daily Beast the event was painful for them as well:

I spoke to Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] about that and they were like, “Oh god… That’s embarrassing.” Everyone was like, “What’s going to happen?” “What’s going to happen?!” “It’s melting!” “It crashed!” “Oh my god!” It’s like, just walk away… just walk away. It’s just a date! You know, I was actually thinking, “Is there going to be a backlash and people will think, ‘F— you guys for that!’” but that’s really happened with every time the show kills off a major character: Never again! F— you! I’m never going to watch this show! and, you know, they keep coming back.

Game of Thrones is no stranger to the occasional stunt, but was an extra hour of melting ice worth it for the premiere? What other grand spectacle might they try when it comes time for a first trailer, or a Season 8 announcement?

In the meantime, Game of Thrones Season 7 will premiere on July 16, the teaser for which you can find below.

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