Game of Thrones return date announced
Finally, we have a date for the return of fantasy favourite Game of Thrones. We will finally learn if Jon Snow is really dead, and what the hell is going on with Bran after an unseen “Luke Skywalker”-style training session last season.
HBO have announced that season six Game of Thrones will premiere on Sunday, April 24 in the US. Sky Atlantic has previously simulcast Thrones episodes with the US (airing at an ungodly 2am) as well as broadcasting the episodes the following day at 9pm for the non-insomniacs. While Sky Atlantic has not confirmed a repeat in last year’s Thrones scheduling, that they will do seems a given.
The sixth season has been discussed endlessly by fans after the shock cliffhanger finale of season five last June, which saw fan favourite Jon Snow lying in a pool of his own blood, apparently dead. However, fans of the series were quick to declare that no death is definite in the world of George R.R. Martin, and eagle-eyed photographers spotted actor Kit Harington apparently turning up for work regardless of his character’s “death”.
The fate of Jon Snow was not the only thing that left viewers in the lurch last season. Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) finally betrayed the Boltons to save Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), and the two jumped from an impossible height to be free from the sadistic Ramsay. No-one has doubted their ability to live into the sixth season, however. Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was unable to stop herself taking a gruesome revenge on Meryn Trant, leading her to be punished by way of blindness. Mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was forced to leave Meereen after a terrifying rebellion. We last saw her surrounded by a khalasar much like the one she was reigned over.
Meanwhile, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) will return to the series after a season long absence. He has reportedly been training with the mysterious Three-eyed-raven to hone his warg abilities, and has heavily teased in Game of Thrones trailers.
Interestingly, season six marks the point where most characters are now beyond their storylines in the books, so dedicated A Song of Ice and Fire fans might have to stop watching to prevent spoilers for the books.
Season six really seems to be completely unpredictable, and we can’t wait.
Watch the trailer here:
Game of Thrones will return to HBO on April 24. It is expected to be simulcast in the UK on Sky Atlantic.