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Winter Is Coming… Again: Season 6 of Game of Thrones release confirmed

Get out the popcorn, invite some friends over and get ready to marathon the last five seasons because Game of Thrones is back! The date for the sixth season of HBO’s popular series was officially revealed at the Television Critics Association press tour yesterday. HBO announced that Game of Thrones will be returning on Sunday, April 24, so make sure to clear your schedules.

While this is the latest in the year a Game of Thrones season has premiered, fans are still as excited as ever. The Internet is full of fan theories about what season six might have in store. Ever since the season five finale and (SPOILER ALERT) the Night’s Watch’s betrayal of Jon Snow, fans have been coming up with various different theories to try and keep the fan-favourite alive. A teaser poster showing the possibly lifeless body of Jon Snow has hinted his death might not be permanent, or at least it will play a big part in this season’s storyline.

Source: IGN

As well as teasers about the fate of Jon Snow, images of an older and much leaner looking Bran Stark have been released, confirming his character’s return to the show after a year’s absence. The last we saw of Bran, he had found the mystical Three-Eyed Raven and it’s assumed he’d begun his training to become a powerful warg. For those that don’t know, a warg is a character with the ability to enter and control the minds of animals.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Based on George R.R. Martin’s popular A Song of Ice and Fire series, the HBO show first entered our lives in 2011. While the television show has now caught up—and even surpassed—the series, Martin has confirmed rumours that the sixth novel in the series has not been finished, and a release date will not be any time soon. As such, fans of the books may have some parts of the new novel spoiled throughout Season Six of the HBO show.  Martin has responded to critics by stating:

“Look, I never thought the series could possibly catch up to the books, but it has,” the author explained.

“Given where we are, inevitably, there will be certain plot twists and reveals in Season 6 Game of Thrones that have not yet happened in the books.”

So while we still have to wait a few months before we return to the realm of Westeros, be prepared for some brand new plot twists and storylines that even the book snobs can’t ruin for you.

If your Game of Thrones hunger still hasn’t been satisfied then enjoy the Season 6 teaser, released early December 2015, which acts like a highlight reel of all the tragedies to occur in the series so far.

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