Producer Bryan Cogman wants to offer some hope to Game of Thrones fans. While Season 6 will stay dark, with death and dismay around most corners, it at least won't be quite as dark as 2015's journey through Westeros.
"Season 5 was in many ways our darkest," Cogman told EW. "This season is still very dark, very intense, but it's very much a next act."
Cogman admitted to leaving "our central characters in huge moments of crisis and at their lowest points last year," including "destroying them altogether" in the case of Stannis and Jon Snow.
The series will also show how it's built off what's come before, with "thematic and explicit callbacks to season 1" and other seasons, and promises the biggest action sequence of the series.
Game of Thrones season 6 premieres Sunday, April 24 at 9pm on HBO