Winter is coming… back. After what feels like a lifetime, we finally know when Game Of Thrones will be coming back to our screens, as Variety has confirmed a US air date of Sunday 24 April.
With all the UK air dates so far having arrived a day after the US, we can assume that the UK air date will be Monday 25 April, although as nothing has been confirmed yet we’ll hedge our bets.
Notably, with author George RR Martin confirming that sixth book The Winds Of Winter won’t be ready by the time Season 6 comes around, this will be the first time that viewers and readers of the books are on the same page, with apart from a few instances, the series having caught up with the books (and in some cases overtaken them).
As ever, we’re left with a number of questions that Season 6 will hopefully answer in quick succession. Is Jon Snow alive? Did Sansa and Theon survive the drop? What now for Daenerys? How will Tyrion get on as a ruler? Did Myrcella survive? Will Jorah get over his nasty rash? How jarring is it going to be seeing Bran Stark suddenly grown up? Only time will tell.
Season 6 will see the likes of Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen, Iwan Rheon, Jerome Flynn and Iain Glen reprise their roles, with new cast members including Max von Sydow (Three-Eyed Raven), Pilou Asbaek (Euron Greyjoy), James Faulkner (Randyll Tarly), Freddie Stroma (Dickon Tarly), Samantha Spiro (Melessa Tarly), Rebecca Benson (Talla Tarly), Sebastian Croft (a young Eddard Stark) and Ian McShane in an as-yet unspecified role.
Game Of Thrones: Season 6 will return to HBO on Sunday 24 April in the US. For more news about the biggest TV shows, pick up the latest issue of SciFiNow.