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Game of Thrones trailer gives fans a look at new season

Actor Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones 
Jennifer Maloney

IT might only be 30 seconds long but a new trailer for Game of Thrones has driven fans into a frenzy.

The HBO fantasy series, which is mainly filmed at various locations throughout Northern Ireland has a worldwide fanbase. 

The end of last season saw the apparent demise of character Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington.

Since then there has been much debate among fans whether he is dead or alive.

The new trailer includes the tagline: "The past is already written. The ink is dry." 

The trailer features actor Harington who hit the headlines after making a joke about the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Belfast.

He had joked that the board celebrates the ill-fated Titanic, the Europa - Europe's most bombed hotel, and "depressing" Game of Thrones.

The actor initally apologised for his joke, but he said sorry again during an interview on BBC Northern Ireland's Arts Show.

"I first heard that joke on a red tour bus in Belfast and I thought it was very funny, and so I brought it to a US chat show, not thinking about the damage I may do the Belfast tourist board," he said.

"It's a wonderful place, Northern Ireland, and it's home for me now.

"So I never meant any offence by that and I'm sorry if anyone thinks its not a great place to go, because as you can see from Game of Thrones, it's some of the most beautiful countryside in the world."

The new season of Game of Thrones will be broadcast by HBO in April 2016.

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