'Game of Thrones': Daenerys Stands Strong in New Season 6 Premiere Photos

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With only days remaining before Game of Thrones returns, HBO has unveiled nine new photos previewing what's ahead in the season six premiere, called "The Red Woman."

In the first photo, Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) sits beside Myranda (Charlotte Hope), killed by Theon "Reek" Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) in the season five finale. For once, the Bastard of Bolton sports an emotion other than sadistic glee and fury; but he's also not likely to revel in grief all on his lonesome.

It's a good thing Theon escaped Winterfell with Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), then, even if their current whereabouts aren't exactly filling their hearts with warmth.

But even a flowing, freezing river is preferable to further mutilation at the hands of House Bolton.

Meanwhile, further south, a ship approaches King's Landing — and assuming it's the vessel carrying Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), it's not bringing home news that will please the crown.

One look at Cersei (Lena Headey) indicates that, yes, news of her daughter's death has finally hit home. Seven save whoever steps on Cersei's toes in the weeks ahead.

Speaking of "whoever," the perpetrator Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) remains alive and well in Dorne, at least for now. Here, she stands before Prince Doran (Alexander Siddig), a level-headed leader who undoubtedly won't be pleased to hear about Ellaria's act of war.

Across the Narrow Sea in Braavos, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) stares forward, though she sees nothing at all. The young wolf was blinded at the end of season five, a punishment for freelancing against the House of Black and White on a personal matter. At least she still has some company, in the form of Faye Marsay's Waif.

Further east, thousands of men, women and horses march forward, which can mean only one thing: Dothraki

And where there's Dothraki, there's Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), returning to her Khaleesi roots this season. Here, we see Khal Moro (Joe Naufahu), a man who could become Khal Drogo's spiritual successor, or perhaps another charred corpse in the Queen of Meereen's wake. Time will tell.

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