Finally! Today, HBO has officially revealed the first episode title of Game of Thrones season 6, and has confirmed the cast for the year, including several new additions.
HBO has now confirmed that the title of the season six premiere is “The Red Woman.” The official synopsis of the episode is:
Jon Snow is dead. Daenerys meets a strong man. Cersei sees her daughter again.
The episode is written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss and directed by Jeremy Podeswa.
The official announcement for season 6 says:
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.
Returning series regulars noted include 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) and Jonathan Pryce (the High Sparrow).
Additional returning series regulars this season will include 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).
Kit Harington’s name is nowhere on the press release but we’ll all look tastefully away from that fact.
New cast members confirmed for the sixth season by HBO include: Pilou Asbaek, Essie Davis, Souad Faress, James Faulkner, Richard E. Grant, Ian McShane, Joe Naufau, Freddie Stroma and Max von Sydow.
Our own casting scoops earlier confirmed Asbaek as Euron Greyjoy, Faress as the High Priestess, Faulkner as Randyll Tarly, Naufahu as Khal Jhaqo and Grant and Davis as the leading players of a theater troupe in Essos. Stroma will be playing Dickon Tarly, McShane an unannounced character, and Max von Sydow is taking over the role of the Three-Eyed Raven.
Fantastic to have concrete, official news rolling in! Season 6, here we come.