Game of Thrones Season 6: Tease Trailer and Poster

The sixth season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones was ordered by HBO on April 8, 2014, together with the fifth season, and is set to premiere in April 2016. In contrast to the previous seasons, it will largely rely on original content not found in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, but will also adapt material from the upcoming sixth novel in the series, The Winds of Winter, as well as some content from the fourth and fifth novels, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.Game of Thrones returns in April with season 6

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Jon Snow Stars in First ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Teaser

Like the first promo poster for the upcoming sixth season of “Game of Thrones,” the first teaser of the new season is extremely Jon Snow-centric, stirring up hope in fans that the dearly-departed protagonist is due for a resurrection after his untimely end in season five.

The brief clip features narration from Three-Eyed Raven (new cast member Max Von Sydow), who declares, “The past is already written. The ink is already dry,” over imagery of Snow, who we see die all over again, his dead-eyed gaze staring up at us from a pool of his own blood.

But as has been widely hinted at by various members of the cast and crew (not to mention that poster), Jon Snow may not be definitively dead yet, a notion that’s confirmed by his half-brother, Bran Stark, in another bit of narration at the teaser’s end.

“They have no idea what’s going to happen,” Bran says ominously, easily applying that same logic to fans of the show.

Indeed. And we’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out.

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HBO’s Genius Strategy for Handling Jon Snow’s Resurrection
Spoiler alert for all the deaths and secret identities you predicted anyway

After months of claiming, “Jon Snow is dead,” HBO has done something rather clever. They’ve slapped the face of a very much alive (though bloody) Jon Snow on a poster and teased his comeback in a trailer for Game of Thrones‘ upcoming sixth season. It’s a savvy move that both satiates and intrigues fans.

Because here’s the thing: Jon Snow is alive. Or at least he’s up and moving—his quality of life is still in question. Actor Kit Harington has been reportedly spotted on set in Belfast. And in the words of George R.R. Martin, author of source material A Song of Ice and Fire: “If there’s one thing we know in A Song of Ice and Fire is that death is not necessarily permanent.”

So rather than dragging out the debate—Redditors are still bickering over the topic six months after that adorable traitor Olly shivved Jon Snow—HBO is basically admitting that we will see Harington’s long locks again.

The new trailer shows no new material from season six, instead offering the audience a brief recap of the terrible things our beloved Starks have suffered through while intoning, “The past is already written. The ink is dry.” But just as this statement is uttered we get a shot of Jon bleeding out followed quickly by one of Bran warging. Could they be related? You decide.

While this will surely fuel more debate about Jon Snow’s fate—which can only be good for HBO—it will also put to rest its rather exhausting efforts to trick the audience. Just in the last year, culture fans have been rebelling against the fake-out. They didn’t buy the untimely demise of Glenn on The Walking Dead nor was anyone surprised when Christoph Waltz’s character was revealed to be Bond’s longtime nemesis Blofeld in Spectre. Even writer Damon Lindelof admitted this week that keeping the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character Khan a secret in Star Trek Into Darkness was a bad call. Claims to the contrary felt shallow. Campaigns to fool the audience insulted intelligent viewers.

Perhaps HBO learned from these incidents, but thankfully poor Kit Harington won’t have to field any “But really, is he dead?” questions anymore—just “How is he alive?” questions. It’s a smart decision by a network and show that have already suffered through plenty of backlash. Well done, HBO.

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Game of Thrones season 6: Not only is Jon Snow alive, but he’s wearing Stark armour

A huge Game of Thrones spoiler emerged from the Northern Ireland set over the weekend, finally giving us almost irrefutable proof that Jon Snow will be brought back from the dead in season 6.

The initial shock of seeing Kit Harington back on set over, fans are now debating more fervently than ever how exactly he might return, and what he might be getting up to next season.

Some key points:
It definitely isn’t just a flashback

Jon carries Long Claw in the set photo, the sword given to him by Lord Commander Mormont of the Nights Watch.

Jon seems to have finally escaped that honourable but deadly boring job on The Wall, and is wearing the same kind of armour his father Ned wore right up until his death.

Is he going to bring the good name of Stark back to Westeros and take back the North? This is hugely exciting if so, although going after glory doesn’t seem a very Jon Snow thing to do, plus his lineage is problematic – as far as everyone knows he is a bastard, and even if the L+R=J theory is true, his claim to the throne is a complex one.
Melisandre is the best bet for John’s resurrection

She once told Jon in the books, while looking on at the Wall:

“This is my place as it is yours, and soon enough you may have grave need of me. Do not refuse my friendship, Jon. I have seen you in the storm, hard-pressed, with enemies on every side. You have so many enemies. Shall I tell you their names?”

“I know their names.”

“Do not be so certain.”

Melisandre appeared to predict Jon being murdered by his own men, and hinted that she may be of use when the time comes.
But what semblance of Jon Snow will be left?

Beric Dondarrion died a staggering six times, revived by Thoros of Myr through prayers to the Lord of Light, but each resurrection left holes in his soul and memory. If you thought the old Jon Snow hated fun, the post-dead Jon might be even more gloomy.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 6 Teaser: HBO Knows How Much You Love Jon Snow

The first teaser for the sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones just dropped. And to make you all a little crazier than you already are, it is 100% about Jon Snow. Make of that what you will.

Game of Thrones — as well as George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels on which the series is based — has a long history of really twisting the knife into loyal fans, killing off beloved characters are casually and cruelly, usually right around the time you think they’re about to check off a significant personal win. It’s infuriating, but you eventually get used to it. That is, until the fifth season which, like the fifth book, ended on a maddening cliffhanger with the apparent death of newly-minted Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch Jon Snow (Kit Harington) at the hands of treacherous underlings.

Book readers long assumed that Jon Snow was definitely not killed off for real. Partly for complicated reasons too geeky to get into here, and partly because, after the deaths of Ned Stark, Robb Stark, Caitlyn Stark, Oberyn Martell, and so on and so on and so on, Jon Snow was one of the only mildly sympathetic characters left alive. HBO, however, really milked that final shot of season 5, zooming in on Jon Snow bleeding out in, well, the snow, then insisting all summer long that yes, Jon Snow is really, truly dead. Cue the pulling of hair and gnashing of teeth from fans (myself included).

Well, after watching this teaser it certainly does seem like HBO was trolling everyone all along. Focused almost exclusively on Jon Snow, it features what is heavily suggested to be a vision of the series’ recent history Jon Snow has as he lays dying, before switching to the voice of Snow’s younger brother Bran Stark, absent since season 4, saying “they don’t know what’s coming.” Maybe not HBO, but we know what you want us to think, namely that Jon Snow is definitely not being written out of the show.

We’ll all find out when Game of Thrones returns in April. Precisely what date in April, HBO has not said, however. The show usually premieres either the first or second Sunday in April, but the new Martin Scorsese-produced series Vinyl debuts February 14 and will run for ten weeks, meaning its season finale happens April 17. As such, HBO has moved the Game of Thrones season 6 bow ahead to a TBD date later in the month.

Of course, there may be another reason for the schedule shift. A popular fan conspiracy theory holds that George R.R. Martin is finally finishing the sixth book in the series, and the delay may be intended to allow his book to drop before the new season of the show.

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