‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 1 Preview: The Red Woman

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Game of Thrones Season 6 Peter Dinklage and Conleth Hill

Peter Dinklage and Conleth Hill in ‘Game of Thrones’ season 6 (Photo: Macall B. Polay/Courtesy of HBO)

HBO’s Game of Thrones kicks off season six on April 24, 2016 with an episode titled ‘The Red Woman.’ With the series just a couple of weeks away from returning, HBO has released details on the first episode of season six with the official short-but-sweet synopsis declaring “Jon Snow is dead.” Yeah, right. We’ll believe it when we see it. Season six’s 10 episodes will feature returning regulars Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish), Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Jonathan Pryce (the High Sparrow).


The cast of the sixth season also will include Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis), Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Carice van Houten (Melisandre), Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand), and Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H’ghar). Joining the cast are Pilou Asbaek, Essie Davis, Souad Faress, James Faulkner, Richard E. Grant, Ian McShane, Joe Naufau, Freddie Stroma, and Max von Sydow.

The Season Six Plot: Following the shocking developments at the conclusion of season five, including Jon Snow’s bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys’ near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen, and Cersei’s public humiliation in the streets of King’s Landing, survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates. Familiar faces will forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival, while new characters will emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north and south.

Season Six Episode One ‘The Red Woman’ Plot: Debuts on Sunday, April 24 at 9pm ET/PT. Jon Snow is dead. Daenerys meets a strong man. Cersei sees her daughter again. The episode’s written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss and directed by Jeremy Podeswa.

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