‘Game of Thrones’ fans feeling the love with new Season 6 photos

With two months until the debut of Season 6, HBO showed “Game of Thrones” fans a little love by releasing brand new photos full of intriguing hints.

Bran Stark, played by Isaac Hempstead Wright, has grown up since we last saw him. Here we see him apparently standing with the Three-Eyed Raven played by Max von Sydow in Season 6 of
Bran Stark, played by Isaac Hempstead Wright, has grown up since we last saw him. Here we see him apparently standing with the Three-Eyed Raven played by Max von Sydow in Season 6 of "Game of Thrones," which debuts April 24. Photo: Helen Sloan, HBO

SAN DIEGO, February 13, 2016 – “Game of Thrones” fans continue to count down the days until the Season 6 debut on April 24. Since Season 6 will be the first season for the series without any published novels determining the plotline, fan speculation is ablaze on various fan websites.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, HBO showed the devoted GoT fans a little love by releasing 20 brand new photos from the show production. The official Game of Thrones Twitter account reported on Saturday a “tease” for Season 6 will be shown before the season premiere of the series “Vinyl” on Sunday, February 14, at 8:59 p.m. ET. Set your DVR if you’re out for Valentine’s Day.

The photos confirmed several facts for fans and showed who is alive in Season 6, save for the one character everyone has been talking about for months, Jon Snow.

No Snow, but we see all three Stark children for the first time. Arya Stark is apparently begging in the streets of Braavos, and she is blind with milky, creepy eyes. Sansa Stark survived the jump with Theon Greyjoy/Reek from the battlements at Winterfell. They are shown in a snowy landscape, appearing to be on the run. And – is that a baby bump we see on Sansa?

We didn’t see Bran Stark at all in Season 5. He’s grown up a lot. It looks like he skipped a few years and went from being about 10 years old to being 16 or 18 years old. In the new photo, Bran is pictured with actor Max Von Sydow, who plays the Three Eyed Raven. Bran is standing – but we all know he is paralyzed after Jaime Lannister pushed him out of a window.

Jaime Lannister returns from Dorne with the body of his sister/niece (!) Myrcella, and we see photos of Cersei and King Tommen, who have learned the bad news.

Meanwhile, Tyrion Lannister is left to make order out of the chaos in Meereen, after Danaerys Targaryen’s dragon incinerated the Sons of the Harpy to stop their attack. At least he has Varys and Missandei with him.

Dany’s photos tells us what we already figured out, that she is in the custody of the Dothraki. She doesn’t look happy about it.

Margaery Tyrell is still in the custody of the religious cult led by the High Sparrow. Margaery is cunning and a survivor, so we have to wonder what’s up her sleeve.

The storyline involving the Greyjoy clan from the Iron Islands is apparently being revived, with Balon Greyjoy showing up for the first time since Season 3 and Asha, Theon’s sister, looking off into the distance. We presume she sees someone arriving.

Roose and Ramsey Bolton seems to be putting their heads together after their plan to overrun Stannis Baratheon’s attack was thwarted. Count on them regrouping, they’ve hardly begun to fight and we know they will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Some of our supporting characters are here as well, including Brienne of Tarth and Ser Davos Seaworth. They represent the conscience of the show, and they represent us in much the same way as a classic Greek chorus, observing and commenting on the actions of the key characters.

But – no Jon Snow. No Stannis (and we can assume he really truly IS dead). No Littlefinger, no Jorah and Daario (not yet anyway), no sighting of the Martells and nothing from Dorne.

Even with additional photos becoming public, without a novel to guide the plot and with the demonstrated willingness to deviate from the storylines as we knew them in Season 5, all bets are off.

What we STILL really want to know is whether Jon Snow is really dead. The clues keep building up to tell us he perhaps WAS dead but it wasn’t permanent. We have seen characters brought back to life such as Beric Dondarion in Season 3.

One thing we can always count on is the unexpected. Red Wedding. We know no one and nothing is safe in the “Game of Thrones” universe. Heroes and children die. Villains prevail. Plots thicken and schemes succeed. Bring on Season 6.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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