The sixth season of the television series Game of Thrones had premiered on HBO on April 24, 2016, and concluded on June 26, 2016. It consists of ten episodes, each of 50–60 minutes, largely of original content not found in A Song of Ice and Fire series. Some material is adapted from the upcoming sixth novel The Winds of Winter, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.
The series was adapted for television by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss.
The season follows the continuing struggle between the Starks and other noble families of Westeros for the Iron Throne. The Starks defeat the Bolton forces in battle, and Jon Snow is proclaimed the King in the North. Tyrion attempts to rule Meereen while Daenerys is held captive by a Dothraki tribe. At King’s Landing, the Tyrell army attempts to liberate Margaery and Loras, but Margaery capitulates to the High Sparrow, who becomes more powerful by influencing King Tommen. At her trial, Cersei burns the Great Sept, killing her rivals, while Tommen kills himself. Unopposed, Cersei is crowned Queen of Westeros. Ellaria Sand and three of Oberyn Martell’s daughters kill Doran and Trystane Martell and seize control of Dorne, and Olenna discusses an alliance with Ellaria. In Essos, Daenerys Targaryen is captured by Khal Moro who takes her before the khals; she burns them alive and takes command of the Dothraki.
Game of Thrones features a large cast, including Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington. The season introduced new actors, including Max von Sydow, Pilou Asbæk and James Faulkner.