After the intensity-packed bloodbath that was season 5, not a single Game of Thrones fan can wait for what the next season will bring.
With Game of Thrones being one of, if not the, biggest and most talked about TV series being produced at the moment, there’re masses of anticipation for the next installment. With fans so eager to find out what’s coming up, the internet is rife with rumours, and everyone is keeping their ears and eyes open for any suggestion of what may be to come. Here’s a brief summary of what we can expect from the upcoming series.
This week the short teaser trailer for Game of Thrones season 6 broke records of the most viewed trailer, hitting 30 million views within the first 24 hours and beating the record set by the previous series last year. It sets up plenty of key events and hints at the fates of hit characters Jon Snow, Daenerys and Arya.
Short clips revealed scenes of Jon Snow dead, Zombie Mountain and Bran with the Night’s Knight. After being absent from the last series, Bran Stark (played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is confirmed to be making a return this season and is shown in the trailer to be standing for the first time since the very first episode.
With plenty of cliff-hangers from the last series, there’s lots of resolutions and big reveals to be expected as the action unfolds. At the end of season 6, we were left desperate to know whether Jon Snow’s apparent death by stabbing means the true end for Kit Harington‘s character (which has been massively speculated by the cast and crew themselves). Harington‘s been seen to attend script rehearsals for this season, but this could be due to flashback scenes as a few other dead characters have been rumoured to be spotted on set.
Aside from the many deaths we’ve had to deal with, there’s the question of Arya‘s blindness to address, what’s in store for her? And Daenerys was left at the end of season 5 surrounded by the savage Dothrakis, how will she escape? Theon has just rescued Sansa from her forced and abusive marriage and we have yet to see what will be in store for them.
Author George R. R. Martin announced in his blog earlier this year that his book Winds of Winter part of the A Song of Ice and Fire series will not be written in time for the premiere of the TV series on which it is supposed to be based. He hinted largely in his blog that the plot of the TV show would not be how he would intend the story to go,
“I can’t think of any other instance where the movie or TV show came out as the source material was still being written. So when you ask me, ‘Will the show spoil the books?,’ all I can do is say, ‘yes and no,’ and mumble once again about the butterfly effect… Those pretty little butterflies have grown into mighty dragons. Some of the ‘spoilers’ you may encounter in Season 6 may not be spoilers at all… because the show and the books have diverged, and will continue to do so.”
So fans of the series, in general, may have the outcome they feared and the one they hoped for at the same time, it seems. So many questions, and not long until we get our answers!
Game of Thrones season 6 will air in the US on 24th April on HBO, for UK viewers the following day on Sky Atlantic.