The brutal fantasy series ventures into uncharted territory
Heading into season six it isn’t just Jon Snow who knows nothing – Game Of Thrones viewers are now equally oblivious. HBO’s adaptation of George RR Martin’s Song Of Ice And Fire series exhausted its published source material at the end of season five meaning, for the first time, even novel readers haven’t the foggiest about what’s coming up.
Of course, with GRRM closely involved you can expect the show’s trajectory to more or less mirror upcoming novel The Winds Of Winter. And there are still bits to catch up on from A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons.
New cast members include Ian McShane, who will appear in a single episode and bring “somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again”. Bran, Hodor et al will return North of the Wall after taking a year off. Max von Sydow has been cast as the ThreeEyed Raven, we’ll meet the rest of Sam’s family, and the introduction of Euron Greyjoy hints that we’ll be seeing plenty of the Iron Islands.
But what of Jon Snow? The Lord Commander was betrayed and seemingly slain by his own Night’s Watch brothers in the season five finale, but with Red Priestess Melisandre conveniently returning to Castle Black hours earlier and actor Kit Harington spotted filming in Belfast it’s safe to assume that we haven’t seen the last of Ned Stark’s bastard… Jordan Farley
Let it Snow, let it Snow…