‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 1 Title and Synopsis Revealed by HBO

Millions of people all over the world can’t wait till April 24 – the official date of the season 6’s first episode start.

April 24 seems to be an ordinary date. But not for the fans of sensational Game of Thrones. Having waited for ten long months, now millions of people are looking forward to the season 6’s first episode that will start in two weeks.

The episode’s name ‘The Red Woman’ definitely refers to Melisandre, and explains why actress Carice van Houten said in the recent interview that we would be seeing a different, more vulnerable side of her character. As a reminder, we stopped at Melisandre being at The Wall with Jon Snow and possessing similar Lord of Light-given powers to Thoros of Myr, the Red Priest who brought Beric Dondarrion back from the dead.

The official synopsis for the episode was written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and directed by GoT vet Jeremy Podeswa. It says: ‘Jon Snow is dead. Daenerys meets a strong man. Cersei sees her daughter again.’

Creators are certainly arousing interest around Jon Snow. The question of whether or not he is dead must have become a running joke at HBO. Snow’s lifeless body appeared in trailer last month. And now the synopsis starts with this very statement.

A “strong man” of Daenerys can be perhaps a Dothraki leader or fellow prisoner. And the last message about Cersei can concern Jaime bringing Myrcella’s body home to King’s Landing.

The full season 6 synopsis seems to just summarize the end of season 5 giving only vague hints at alliances and new characters:

‘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.’

HBO provides also the official cast list:

  • Newcomers: Pilou Asbaek, Essie Davis, Souad Faress, James Faulkner, Richard E. Grant, Ian McShane, Joe Naufau, Freddie Stroma and Max von Sydow.
  • Returning actors and characters: 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), Jonathan Pryce (the High Sparrow). 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).

The first episode will be simulcast in the US and UK on HBO and Sky Atlantic respectively.

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