Game of Thrones Season 6 Photos
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HBO released the first photos from “Game of Thrones” Season 6 on Thursday, giving fans a look a the upcoming season premiering on April 24.

The new images reveal the status of some characters whose fates were left uncertain in the Season 5 finale, including Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), last seen jumping from one of Winterfell’s perilously high walls. Theon’s not the only Greyjoy spotlighted in the new images — his sister, Yara (Gemma Whelan), and father, Balon (Patrick Malahide), also make appearances in the stills, implying that the inhabitants of the Iron Islands may play a larger role in the ongoing battle for control of the Seven Kingdoms this season. Meanwhile, back in King’s Landing, Cersei and Jaime Lannister must come to terms with the murder of their daughter, Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free), who was poisoned on the way back from Dorne.

Click on the link below to see the first looks.

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 First Photos

A decidedly grown up Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) can also be spotted in the photos, alongside the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). Bran was last season in the Season 4 finale and sat out last year’s action, probably to hone his Warging skills with his mysterious new mentor and the Children of the Forest.

Bran’s sister Arya (Maisie Williams) is looking a little worse for wear after her harrowing encounter in the House of Black and White last season, which left her blind, but she’s probably still better off than their half-brother Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who was brutally murdered by his Night’s Watch brothers in the finale — he’s MIA from these photos, but has been making appearances in HBO’s wicked “Game of Thrones” marketing campaign for Season 6. Lucky for the Bastard of Winterfell, Red Priestess Melisandre (Carice van Houten) is included in this batch of images — having just arrived back at Castle Black at the end of last season — since we know that the followers of the Lord of Light have previously demonstrated the power to bring people back from the dead, if they’re deserving of the gift.

Newcomers joining the “Game of Thrones” cast in Season 6 include “UnREAL” actor Freddie Stroma as Dickon Tarly, the brother of John Bradley’s Samwell; Richard E. Grant in a mystery role; Pilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy; and Ian McShane in an undisclosed role, of which he cryptically teased, “I am responsible for bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again. I’ll leave it at that.”

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