HBO has issued its formal press release regarding the upcoming sixth season of Game of Thrones, and though it’s brief it does include some information that fans may find of interest – including apparent confirmation of the hotly debated character death from last season.
The ten-episode sixth season starts Apr. 24 at 10 p.m., and the press release does tell how many of the show’s massive cast will be returning as series regulars. Confirmed to resume regular status in the new season are stars Peter Dinklage (pictured above as Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish), Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Jonathan Pryce (the High Sparrow).
Also coming back with regular billing are Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis), Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Carice van Houten (Melisandre), Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand) and Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H’ghar).
Here’s the season trailer, though be warned that it contains mature content:
As if all the names above aren’t enough, Game of Thrones is adding nine new cast members for Season 6: Pilou Asbaek, Essie Davis, Souad Faress, James Faulkner, Richard E. Grant, Ian McShane, Joe Naufau, Freddie Stroma and Max von Sydow. McShane will be familiar to HBO viewers as one of the stars of Deadwood.
The network’s press release also includes limited information about the season premiere. The episode is called “The Red Woman,” and its brief episode description should end any speculation about the fate of Jon Snow:
Jon Snow is dead. Daenerys meets a strong man. Cersei sees her daughter again.
Given the bloody history of Game of Thrones and the sheer number of characters that are once again a part of this season, it’s a safe assumption that Jon Snow won’t be the last major casualty. Fans will have to watch in just over two weeks to see who will be next – and who will rise to the top.
“Following the shocking developments at the conclusion of season five, including Jon Snow’s bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys’ near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen, and Cersei’s public humiliation in the streets of King’s Landing,” teases the ominous press release, “survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates. Familiar faces will forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival, while new characters will emerge to challenge the balance of power.”
Season 6 of Game of Thrones begins Apr. 24 on HBO.