The red band trailer for Game of Thrones season six has whet the appetite of fans eager for the next instalment.
The HBO series based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin, has dominated television since its first season. Following yesterday’s release of the new season trailer, excited fans have taken to social media to express their anticipation.
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Game of Thrones has become a pop culture phenomenon, and long-time fan of the show Ash Purnell was one of the first to view the trailer.
“I’ve downloaded every season and watched them repeatedly. Ever since the last episode of last season I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it,” he told The Newsroom. “I need to know what happens next.”
The show is currently second on IMDb’s highest-rated TV series. Last year it also maintained its fourth consecutive position as the most pirated show of the year. It is estimated that the 2015 season finale was downloaded more than 14 million times, contrasting its actual television viewership of approximately 8 million.
Michael Hughes told The Newsroom he had read each book three times and had given the series multiple viewings.
He explained this season marks the first time the events of the series will surpass the source material, as George R. R. Martin has only written five books in a seven-book-long series. “Intrigued is a better word,” he said. “I’ve been disappointed with some of the show’s changes in the past.”
“It (the show) is aimed at a wider audience and bringing books to TV means a lot must change.”
The sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones will be released on April 28. – Jameel Khan, video by Nathan Davies
Top photo of Maisie Williams as Game of Thrones’ Arya Stark from HBO.