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Winter is coming - Game of Thrones season 6 premiere date revealed

Sasha Brady

Published 08/01/2016 | 11:32

Bran Stark in the season 6 teaser of Game of Thrones. Picture: Helen Sloan/HBO via Entertainment Weekly
Bran Stark in the season 6 teaser of Game of Thrones. Picture: Helen Sloan/HBO via Entertainment Weekly

Winter is coming (well, spring) and Sky Atlantic has revealed the premiere date for season six of Game of Thrones.

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Game of Thrones will arrive on April 24 on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.

Season six marks a significant departure in the series's approach to the storyline. Previously, the show adapted material from George R. R. Martin's fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire. While the TV show left out some plot lines and characters, it tried to remain as faithful as possible to the books, specifically the major moments the characters encountered.

In season six, however, the TV show will lead the way with significant plot lines that are not available in the books because - much to fans of the books disappointment - the show's timeline has surpassed Martin's book The Winds of Winter.

Game of Thrones has killed off one of its best characters, Jon Snow, and divided fans by doing so. But series finales have got to pull out all the stops - as the writers of the top shows know.
Game of Thrones has killed off one of its best characters, Jon Snow, and divided fans by doing so. But series finales have got to pull out all the stops - as the writers of the top shows know.

The book is the sixth in the series and will not be published before the show airs in April.

"Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words," Martin said in an interview about his not-yet-completed novel.

"You're disappointed, and you're not alone. My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed... but no one could possibly be more disappointed than me.

"For months now I have wanted nothing so much as to be able to say, 'I have completed and delivered The Winds of Winter'on or before the last day of 2015. But the book's not done."

Hodor and Bran in Game of Thrones
Hodor and Bran in Game of Thrones

Plenty of characters' fates hang in balance since the bloody finale in series five, including Jon Snow, who was stabbed by members of his own brotherhood The Night's Watch and Daenerys Targaryen, who we last saw surrounded by a horde of Donthraki, with only her wounded dragon, Drogon, nearby.

Bran, Hodor, Meera and the Three Eyed Raven will reportedly feature in the first episode of season six and will be crucial to the upcoming storyline as season six centres around the second-youngest Stark's warg abilities.

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