Mark your calendars; season 6 is coming. HBO has finally confirmed that Game of Thrones will return with its sixth season on Sunday, April 24.
The ten-episode season kicks off at 9 PM and will for the first time consist exclusively of material not actually adapted from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series. While Martin, acting as a producer on the show, has provided executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss with a rough outline of plot points and character arcs, including where his story will eventually end up, he announced just after the new year that he was unable to complete the next installment, “The Winds Of Winter” before the show returned.
Season 5, as we all know, ended on a huge cliffhanger with Jon Snow apparently dead after being brutally murdered by his Night’s Watch brethren. The showrunners, and Jon Snow actor Kit Harrington have since insisted that Snow is, really and finally, dead, but Harrington is still listed among the main cast and has been photographed on set, in costume, several times since. It’s obvious he’ll be in season six.
The new season stars Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Kit Harington, Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner.
Thanks to the lads at Squareeyed for the scoop