Our long wait is (almost) over. A year after the Season 5 finale that launched a thousand fan theories, Game of Thrones is preparing to enter new territory in its sixth season, which debuts Sunday, April 24 on HBO. For the first time in its history, the series will venture completely off book, as the writers have lapped the release of author George R.R. Martin’s final two novels. So now, both readers and newbies will be on the same proverbial page when we return to Westeros, Dorne, and points beyond.
As viewers count down the days to Game of Thrones’ return, we here at Yahoo TV are launching our official countdown: #GoTIsComing. Check back here every day over the next month as we explore all of our favorite (and a few of our least favorite) people, places, and things about television’s most addictive show. From Direwolves and Dragons to the shows most hideous deaths and imperiled characters, we’re going to indulge or GoT obsession with the same fervor that Cersei imbibes alcohol. So raise a glass and toast the impending arrival of a long, cruel, and bloody Westerosi winter.
Game of Thrones has never been shy about shedding characters from its large cast, even those beloved by fans. Ned Stark? Lost his head in Season 1. Lady Catelyn and Robb? Had a killer night at a Red Wedding. This year, though, there are no longer any books to give us an advanced warning about who (and how many) will die. So we’ve gone ahead and compiled some of our own predictions in this Peril-o-Meter, ranking the characters who are most and least likely to meet their ends in Season 6. If this season’s casualties make it to the Westerosi version of an afterlife, at least they’ll have plenty of company.
Game of Thrones Season 6 premieres Sunday, April 24 at 9 p.m. on HBO.