It’s going to hit the ground running
Season five was criticised for being a slow burner, though this is unfair given the number of cliffhangers served up by the finale: Cersei’s (Lena Headey) ‘walk of shame’, Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) brush with a horde of Dothraki warriors, and Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) bloody exit, to name a few.
Luckily, it sounds as if the new series won’t leave us hanging for long… “There’s very little expository stuff [this time],” says director Jeremy Podeswa. “It starts with a bang and you’re right into the excitement.”
Expect lots of new characters… and some familiar faces
The already bulging cast list is set to grow even bigger. Alongside veteran actors including Richard E Grant and Ian McShane, season six will welcome the likes of Essie Davis (from acclaimed Aussie horror movie The Babadook) and Pilou Asbæk (star of Danish TV drama Borgen). Among those returning to GoT are the psychically gifted Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and scheming lord Walder Frey (Harry Potter’s David Bradley), who’s long overdue some payback for his part in the now infamous ‘Red Wedding’.
This time around, all bets are off
While some of the show’s characters and subplots have deviated from the source material – George R R Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire novels – GoT has largely stuck to the core story. But the new season marks the first time the TV series will overtake Martin’s words (he is yet to publish the final two instalments). “That makes me equally nervous and excited,” says Podeswa. “But there have been so many diversions from the original story that I think the audience is ready to go completely off-book.” No more will fans of the show live in fear of literary spoilers…
Game Of Thrones will air on Sky Atlantic in April.
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