When Game of Thrones first aired in 2010, fans had the original George R.R. Martin books as a guide, and although the series did stray from the novels on several occasions, fans largely knew what was coming next. The upcoming Season 6 represents uncharted territory for fans of the show and the books alike, since the author still has not finished his sixth and seventh books in the series, leaving fans in the dark about what to expect. Entertainment Weekly caught up with series star Sophie Turner, who teased that Game of Thrones Season 6 is the best yet for her character, Sansa Stark.
"I mean this season is a really, really big one for Sansa. It's probably her best season yet. It's her really coming into her own. She, this season, really commands the respect that she deserves and she grabs hold of it and she runs with it and it's really good."
In Season 5, Sansa Stark returned to her home of Winterfell to marry the nefarious Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), which reunited her with Theon (Alfie Allen). The season finale showed Theon breaking free from Ramsay's family, as he came to Sansa's defense and lead her out of Winterfell in a daring escape, although it still isn't clear where they will flee to. Here's what the actress had to say about how the past five seasons have built up the the story that will be told this year.
"It was amazing because the past five seasons, it feels like it's been building up and up to that. You can only suffer so much before she finally gets her, the respect that she deserves."
Sadly, no official plot details have been confirmed for the new season, which we reported earlier this month will premiere on Sunday, April 24 at 9 PM ET. We do know that George R.R. Martin's new book The Winds of Winter won't be published until after this season debuts. The author and his publishers haven't announced an exact date of publication yet, so we'll have to wait and see. Fans were left with several burning questions after Game of Thrones Season 5, most notably, the fate of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), which will surely be addressed when the show debuts in just a few months time. The actress teased that there will be many more shocking moments for the fans to discover when the show returns in just a few months.
"I mean this season there's like so many shocks, it's massive. It's the biggest season yet. And just like in terms of character development, so many people's storylines, I'm so excited for. I'm so excited to see Alfie's one this season. It's going to be good."
Fans will be introduced to several new characters this season, including Max von Sydow as the Three-Eyed Raven, Ian McShane in an unspecified role and Pilou Asbæk, who has been rumored to be playing Euron Greyjoy, the uncle of Alfie Allen's Theon Greyjoy. Richard E. Grant and Essie Davis are portraying members of a theater troupe who are putting on a play about famous figures in Westeros, with James Faulkner, Samantha Spiro and Rebecca Benson portraying the father, mother and sister of Samwell Tarly (John Bradley). Most recently, we reported that Spartacus: Vengeance star Joseph Naufahu has come aboard, rumored to be playing a Dothraki warrior. Chime in with your thoughts on these new details, and stay tuned for more updates as we continue the countdown to Game of Thrones' return.