HBO has found major success with its fantasy drama series Game of Thrones, which is adapted from the Song of Ice and Fire book series written by George R.R. Martin. Previous seasons of Game of Thrones have largely followed the first five books in Martin’s series, but season 6 will mark the show’s official divergence from the novels as it will cover ground in the author’s unreleased forthcoming installment, The Winds of Winter.
In terms of where season 5 left off, the finale concluded the season with the apparent death of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), though viewers have tirelessly debated and speculated whether this death is permanent or a fake-out of some kind. Recently released plot details for the premiere, ‘The Red Woman,’ offer a hint as to how this storyline will pick up in season 6, while a new clip featuring Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) depicts events at Castle Black following the murder.
Cunningham appeared on Conan along with the clip (in the above video at roughly the 1:48 mark) to tease the premiere of Game of Thrones season 6. The actor additionally revealed that Martin told him a secret about the series that he is not allowed to disclose to anyone – and, when asked about the fate of Jon Snow, refused to tease that particular Game of Thrones storyline as well.
However, the clip from ‘The Red Woman’ does offer us some insight into what happens at Castle Black following the murder of Jon Snow at the hands of his brothers in the Night’s Watch. It appears Davos and a handful of allies – including Jon’s direwolf Ghost – are protecting Jon’s body from a host of men of the Night’s Watch led by Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale). The Night’s Watch men begin beating down the door to get to Davos, who prepares to fight.
Of course, in the time between seasons 5 and 6, the question of whether Jon snow is really dead – and if he is, whether it’s possible the show could bring him back to life – has been the main topic dominating the conversation. Most of the actors involved in Game of Thrones have been asked about Jon Snow’s fate, including Emilia Clarke, Natalie Dormer, and, of course, Haringtom himself. Meanwhile, tapping into that conversation, the first poster for season 6 released by HBO featured the character’s bloody face.
All this is to say that Game of Thrones season 6 will be forced to deliver on this mystery in a big way in the premiere episode – either putting theories that Jon Snow could be resurrected to bed or paving the way for such a storyline to occur at some point. At least, this clip from ‘The Red Woman’ featuring Davos and Ghost indicates the show will pick up with the storyline shortly after where it left off in the season 5 finale. But, whether or not it will satisfy the fans who have been debating the fate of Jon Snow for the better part of a year remains to be seen.
Game of Thrones airs its season 6 premiere on Sunday, April 24th at 9pm on HBO.