Gameof thrones

The bru­tal fan­tasy se­ries ven­tures into un­charted ter­ri­tory

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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…

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