Jeremy Podeswa directed last season's controversial episode "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken", in which beloved character Sansa Stark was raped by Ramsay Bolton, and is back to helm the first two episodes of the new run.
The hit HBO series is currently shooting in Belfast and various locations in Spain. It's a demanding and complicated schedule and Podeswa is finding the challenge both "very exciting and also a little scary".
He has more confidence this time around, helped by knowing the mechanics and dynamics of the cast, and he's promised viewers that they have much to look forward to.
"Expectations are always very high at the beginning of the season, and checking in with all of the characters is a daunting prospect," he told Yahoo! TV. "What's great about this season is that there's very little expository stuff. It starts off with a bang and you're right into the excitement of the story."
Shocking Game of Thrones scenes
Shocking Game of Thrones scenes
1/9 Sansa/Ramsey rape scene
Season 5, episode 6: Fans were outraged as the episode ended with Sansa Stark being brutally raped by her new husband, Ramsey. The camera soon panned to Theon as he watched on, terrified.
2/9 Shireen burns at the stake
Season 5, episode 9:Stannis burns his daughter Shireen at the stake after Red Priestess Melisandre advises him to make a sacrifice to gain more power
3/9 Theon gets his penis chopped off
Season 3, episode 10: While being tortured by Ramsey, Theon Greyjoy goes through all sorts of pain. The most horrible though is when his penis is cut off and then sent to his family.
4/9 George Bush’s head on spike
Season 1, episode 10: According to the directors, they couldn’t get enough prosthetic heads made up for the show and ended up using the spare one’s lying around. One of those just happened to be the fake head of George Bush, which eventually ended up on a spike.
5/9 Joffrey murders two prostitutes
Season 2, episode 4: In one of his most violent moments, Joffrey finds himself with two prostitutes in his room and the most disgusting thing he can think to do with them, uses them as living targets.
6/9 The Red Wedding
Season 3, episode 9: It was the turning point for the entire show. Just as everyone thought it was going the Starks way, they nearly all end up murdered in one of the bloodiest episodes of any TV series ever.
7/9 Rat torture
Season 2, episode 4: Torture is a pretty common occurrence on Game of Thrones, but none were quite a bad as this. In the scene a bucket of rats is put to a man’s chest and then heated up with a flame so they must eat through the man to escape. Terrifying.
8/9 Mountain head explosion
Season 4, episode 8: Just as everything was going Oberyn Martell’s way, it all literally blew up in his face. The warrior ended up looking like a squashed watermelon in one of the most awful scenes in the entire series.
9/9 Theon botched beheading
Season 2, episode 6: Beheadings: In one of the more gruesome beheadings, Theon strikes Ser Rodrick Cassel not just once but four times in the neck, finally taking it all the way off with a kick.
Podeswa knows that a lot is riding on his premiere as season six will be the first to depart from George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novel series. The show has overtaken his books, with long-awaited sixth novel The Winds of Winter yet to be given a release date.
"There's an enormous fan curiosity of where we're going to go, and that makes me equally nervous and excited," Podeswa said. "There have been so many diversions from the original story in the last couple of seasons that I think the audience is ready to go completely off-book.
"I think everyone's going to be really happy. I don't think fans are going to be disappointed."
Sadly, Podeswa stopped short of revealing the fate of Jon Snow, but hinted that the storyline is "propulsive and moving forward" in a "big and expansive" setting.
The wait goes on, and you've got until next spring to get theorising wildly about what might or might not happen next.Reuse content