Everything we know so far about the sixth season of Game of Thrones.
Games of Thrones season five has been another sensational example of how to produce world-class television, with the show – which was accused of being slow in the first few episodes – ultimately growing into an altogether more exciting, and unexpected, beast.
In truth those opening episodes of season five were anything but dawdling, with the shifting of certain characters into new positions across Westeros and the surrounding areas as intriguing as much that happened thereafter.
But with another 10-episode run now concluded in the USA and finishing in the UK this evening on Sky Atlantic, when can fans expect to see their favourite characters back on their screens for the sixth season?
Well, the first piece of good news is that season six was commissioned at the same time as the latest run, the first time HBO have done such a thing with one of their shows.
Like every season before it, the sixth instalment is again expected to consist of 10 episodes and has been given a transmission date of Spring 2016.
With the premiere set for that time, the suggestion is that season six of Game of Thrones will begin in early April.
While season three premiered on March 31 2013 every other season to date has begun its run in early April and there is no reason for season six not to follow suit.
With the penultimate book in George R.R. Martin’s series set to be published before the next season airs on television, fans should already have a taste of what is to come, but as the show-runners have already proved, they are prone to a surprise or two of their own.