Due to broadcast in New Zealand on April 25th, the same day as in the US, Game of Thrones is finally back.
Fans of the series are beginning the countdown to the much anticipated return of the fantasy drama, which will hit screens on Anzac day.
But what can we expect from the latest series?
In contrast to the previous 5, this series will contain original content not found in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books, on which the series is based, but will draw on different material from the same author.
And if the trailer is anything to go by, it’s going to be true Game of Thrones dramatics from the get-go, as the inhabitants of Westeros and Essos prepare for a fight between the living and the dead.
Partly inspired by the English War of the Roses between the Houses of Lancaster and York, Game of Thrones echoes Medieval Western Europe, with its castles, tournaments, and powerful noble families.
With its intriguing plotlines and constant twists and turns, the series also draws upon other sources and locations for inspiration – including Stan Lee comics, Lord of the Rings, Icelandic sagas,
Hadrian’s wall, and the Glencoe Massacre (to name but a few).
Without spoiling anything, we’ll let you check out the trailer for season 6 above. And if you’re a Game of Thrones newbie, perhaps it’s time to try and binge-watch the previous series before this one starts?
This season will see the addition of Kiwi star, Joe Naufahu, to the series, who joins New Zealander Keisha Castle Hughes on the cast.
Former rugby union star Joe will play a member of the Dothraki in the series, after having a lead role in 2005's The Market.
Game of Thrones begins on Sky TV’s SoHo channel.