It’s going to hit the ground running.
Season 5 was criticized 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. Jeremy Podeswa, who directed the first two episodes of this season, recently said there’s less exposition and more action from the very beginning. “It starts off with a bang,” he told reporters.
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 6 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 is 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 has yet to publish the final two installments). For GoT’s creators, it’s an exciting but scary venture. How will viewers react now that the series is completely off-book? On the plus side, at least fans no longer have to live in fear of literary spoilers.
Game of Thrones will air on HBO in April.
COMING ATTRACTIONS: The best new releases to keep you entertained