One thing definitely missing from Game of Thrones season six? Women in charge

Game of Thrones fans are now in the unenviable situation of knowing as much about what happens next in the books and TV show as Jon Snow knows about things in general: nothing.

Season five of the hit HBO show ended on the same cliff-hanger as the most recent book (A Dance With Dragons, published in 2011), and the next series is shrouded in mystery, especially since it might be broadcast before George RR Martin finishes the sixth of seven planned books (The Winds of Winter).

But here's one thing we definitely know about next season: there won't be any women in charge.

HBO has announced the directors for season six and all of them are men, just as was the case for season five.

The show has been beset by criticism for its portrayal of violence against women, with at least one website vowing to not actively promote Game of Thrones as a result of a brutal depiction of sexual assault.

Actress Amanda Peet, who is married to show runner David Benioff, has denied the show is mysognistic, however, claiming that such criticism is "misplaced".

She previously told the Wrap: "They write some of the greatest female characters that are on television.

"It's a misogynist world, this world that George RR Martin created, but we have to experience it without thinking that people are condoning this."

HT Entertainment Weekly

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