Winter is coming… on Monday with Game of Thrones season 6

The main thing many fans are dying to know is if Jon Snow is really dead…

The Game of Thrones season six poster. Picture: M-Net.

SPOILER ALERT...

I should start by saying if you are a _Game of Thrones _fan - don't read the next sentence as it contains a big spoiler.

Jon Snow is dead - yes dead - as in, at least for now he won't miraculously rise from the dead.

Also don't bet on Syrio Forel played by Miltos Yerolemou returning for season six; actress Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) confirmed that he is dead.

The above two developments were confirmed earlier this week by producers and creators David Benioff and DB Weiss during an interview with Variety magazine.

The creators are also planning to wrap the series with shorter final seasons. Speculation is that season seven will only have seven episodes and season eight will get six episodes.

Fans will be happy to know the show is returning to M-Net Edge and they can catch the first episode - express from the US - at 3am on Monday 25 April.

Just in case you are in need of a reminder, there were some shocking developments at the end of season five:

  • Jon Snow died a bloody death at the hands of Castle Black mutineers (or did he?);

  • Daenerys almost died at the fighting pits of Meereen;

  • Cersei was publicly shamed in the streets of King's Landing;

  • and survivors from all over Westeros and Essos regrouped to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates.

Season six promises more of the same - with tons of twists and turns, of course.

Characters who will rise from the ashes (and death) as well as new characters and old favourites returning, including Max Von Sydow as the Three-Eyed Raven, Freddie Stroma as Dickon Tarly (Samwell Tarly's younger brother) and James Faulkner as Randyll Tarly (Samwell and Dickon's father).

Episode one is titled The Red Woman and the teaser reads: "Jon Snow is dead. Daenerys meets a strong man. Cersei sees her daughter again."

WATCH: The trailer for Game of Thrones season six

GAME OF THRONE FACTS

  • The series is based on the bestselling book series by George RR Martin

- Game of Thrones is set in the fantasy continents of Westeros and Essos, where summers and winters can last years.

  • Season six was shot in Northern Ireland, Spain, Iceland and Croatia.

- Game of Thrones has received a mind-boggling 86 Emmy Award nominations since 2011, including five consecutive outstanding drama series nominations, and has won a total of 26 Emmys.

  • In 2015 the show won a record-shattering 12 Emmys, including awards for drama series, writing (David Benioff and DB Weiss), directing (David Nutter) and supporting actor (Peter Dinklage).

Filming for season six of 'Game of Thrones'. Picture: M-Net