As you’re no doubt bored of being told by now, Season 6 of Game Of Thrones will see reader and viewer largely on the same page for the first time in a while (apart from a few minor subplots) – in other words, for once audiences will experience the same sense of unknown they do with every other show.
Now, HBO has muddied the waters even further by releasing the following description of the first episode, titled ‘The Red Woman’:
“Jon Snow is dead. Daenerys meets a strong man. Cersei sees her daughter again.”
Again, none of this will really come as a surprise. HBO has been stubbornly insisting since time began that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) really is dead, even though we still don’t believe them – methinks this is a case of them protesting too much. Onto the second point, considering that Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) finishes the season surrounded by a Dothraki horde, it’s a bit of a no-brainer – they’re all pretty strong men. And while Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) will undoubtedly see her daughter Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free) again, it won’t be alive, considering how she was fatally poisoned by the vengeful Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma), despite her father Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)’s attempts to rescue her.
Moving back, the title itself seems to suggest that Melisandre (Carice van Houten) will play a large part in proceedings. Last seen trudging despondently back to Castle Black after her plan to sacrifice Stannis Baratheon’s (Stephen Dillane) daughter Shireen (Kerry Ingram) backfired, she has been fairly prominent in the trailer alongside the similarly isolated Davos (Liam Cunningham). It’s also worth mentioning that fellow R’hllor acolyte Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) previously demonstrated the power to resurrect his fallen comrades, but could she do the same? Only time will tell…