‘Game Of Thrones’ looks to repeat success with season six

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The warm weather might finally be here but make no mistake, winter is coming. Game of Thrones is gearing up for its sixth season and even the most die-hard fans don’t know what to expect when it comes to the world of Westeros. But be warned, despite us knowing practically nothing about what’s going to happen in season six, this post contains big spoilers for season five. If you’re not caught up on the series, you’ve been cautioned. But if you’re not caught up, why are you reading this?

The last season ended with some incredible cliffhangers and fans have been dying to learn who actually died at the end of the fifth season. When we last visited the fantasy world, Jon Snow (one of the only characters who actually displays redeemable qualities) had been (figuratively) stabbed in the back and left in a pool of his own blood with his current fate unknown. There has been much speculation as to whether or not he is, in fact, dead. Meanwhile, Sansa Stark and Reek (the man formerly known as Theon Greyjoy) have leaped from the ramparts of Winterfell to an uncertain fate below. Stannis Baratheon’s army was routed by the Northern winter and the army of Ramsay Bolton, and we last saw Stannis lying wounded against a tree as Brienne of Tarth swung her sword, Oathkeeper, in his direction; though a camera cutaway has left some doubt as to his fate. Arya Stark has been left blind in the house of the faceless men, and Daenaerys has been taken to the gates of Vaes Dothrak, the holy city at which she was married way back in season one.

That’s a lot of plot threads that have been left dangling, and they don’t even cover everything that’s going down in George R.R. Martin’s massive fantasy world. This suspense has led to much success for the series, both in terms of ratings and critical acclaim. Season five ended up setting a record for the highest number of Emmy Awards in a single year for a show (taking home 12 out of a possible 24) and had the highest ratings of any series of the show so far. Game of Thrones has seen increases in its ratings with each successive season, and we only expect this trend to continue with season six.

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The incredible success of the TV series—much like The Walking Dead—has naturally led to numerous popular video games, each approaching the series in a different way. The first among these was a traditional action role-playing game back in 2012, but even more successful was the episodic adventure title from the fine folks at Telltale Games. The developer wrapped up the first season of the game last November and has already announced a second season of the popular adventure game. The sequel will further expand the lore behind House Forrester, providing something different for fans of the show and books who are looking to further explore the expanded universe of the series. There’s still no word as to when the new game will be released, but given buzz surrounding the sixth season of the television series, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it hit consoles and PC by the end of the year. Still, that’s a long wait for fans, so it’s good to see that other options have been popping up. There’s an interactive slot game based on the popular series that has players lining up the various houses of the seven kingdoms against each other. It’s actually a great way to keep track of the many different families and characters that populate the gigantic universe.

The games, noticeably the Telltale series, have been able to expand on the existing fantasy world (with the help of Martin’s personal assistant). And now that the television show will have eclipsed the source material of the books, virtually everything will be new from here on out.

Season six of Game of Thrones is scheduled to premiere April 24, 2016 on HBO.

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