HBO just released a treasure trove of new photos from the upcoming sixth season of "Game of Thrones," and the images tease a bunch of new and returning characters -- and reveal that, yes, winter is indeed coming.

Among the most notable images are those revealing the fates of some characters whose status was a bit murky at the end of season five. First, there's a glimpse of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), who were last seen leaping off of Winterfell castle in last season's finale episode; in this new photo, they look pretty rough, but they're definitely still alive. And it looks that the poisoned Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger Free) is indeed dead, appearing as a corpse in one image while Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) looks on.

Also included is the new Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow), as well as blind Arya (Maisie Williams), a badass-looking Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke, who has promised fans an epic season six), and a standing Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), most likely in the midst of a vision flashback. Notably absent, however, is Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), who may or may not be dead/alive/coming back/definitely not coming back, depending on who you ask/the day of the week. (Though for what it's worth, he did pop up in the brief first teaser for the new season.)

Check out a few highlights from the new photos below, and enjoy the entire gallery at the top of this post. "Game of Thrones" returns for season six on HBO on April 24.
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