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Winter is coming — but in the spring — with the much-anticipated arrival of the sixth season of Game of Thrones on April 24.
The biggest question on the minds of most fans is whether or not Jon Snow will continue to be a part of the show. It’s not whether he’s alive or dead — after all, we saw a dozen blades pierce his flesh. The question is whether Jon Snow will remain dead. Which brings us back to the obvious red witch in the room. With the first episode entitled “The Red Lady,” many believe that Melisandre will be able to resurrect him.
But John Bradley, who stars on the show as Jon Snow’s friend Samwell Tarly, has stated in interviews that he is very definitely dead, and that Kit Harington will be leaving the show.
“It’s hard to let your appreciation of the show take precedence — you just have to accept the fact that the actor’s not going to be there anymore,” he told The Telegraph.
“We love the show and everybody loves Jon Snow. But we’ve always felt a more concentrated form of grief because we’re not just saying goodbye to a character we love watching, we’re saying goodbye to an actor that we’ve worked very closely with — we know them and like having them around. So we are literally saying goodbye to professional relationships,” he added.
But is he just trying to throw everyone off? That’s a lot to give away.
Jon Snow isn’t the only one whose life, or quality of life, is in question, as there are a number of characters we may not be seeing this coming season. We said farewell to Ser Barristan (Ian McElhinney), Shireen Baratheon (Kerry Ingram), Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds), Janos Slynt (Dominic Carter), Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan), Hizdahr zo Loraq (Joel Fry), Selyse Baratheon (Sarah MacKeever), Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), Myranda (Charlotte Hope), Meryn Trant (Ian Beattie) and Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger Free).
Popular actor, Ian McShane, was added to the cast of Season Six. The former Deadwood star is playing a mystery role — although he took away some of that mystery when he revealed to BBC Breakfast, “My character really is like an ex-warrior who’s become a peacenik, so I have a group of peaceful… sort of a cult who… I bring back a much-loved character who everybody thinks is dead.”
Ian further explained, “I am responsible for bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again. I’ll leave it at that.”
When the fifth season ended last June, the Internet was mired in anguish and grief over what George R.R. Martin and HBO wrought in the Game of Thrones world. With Jon Snow possibly dead, Sansa and Theon unaccounted for, Arya blind and even the much-loathed Cersei brought down to a level so low it was hard not to feel sorry for her, the season closed out in a rather grim, depressing place.
As far as Cersei — after all that has happened to her, with the loss of two children — being publicly shamed by the High Sparrow and being hated by pretty much everyone in King’s Landing, Season Six may very well be her season of revenge.
There are far more questions than answers at this point, so all we can really do is wait and watch to see what will unfold.