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July 10, 2015 at 02:12 PM EDT

Most of the cast of HBO’s Game of Thrones is taking the stage today in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about what’s next for season 6 and answer some questions from the fans. We say “most of the cast” because Kit Harington is not slated to appear.

Because. You know

Anyway, let’s jump right in. Here’s what you need to know before the Seth Meyers-moderated panel kicks off later today.

Where we left off: Things aren’t great. Arya lost her sight for disobeying Jaqen H’ghar and murdering Meryn Trant instead of the Thin Man. Daenerys, having escaped Meereen on Drogon, is surrounded by the Dothraki. Jaime watched his daughter die after finally admitting the truth about her parentage. Brienne may have killed Stannis, who totally deserved it if so. Sansa and Reek Theon escaped Winterfell and the psychopath running the place. Cersei, having survived her walk of shame, has a new friend, Franken-Mountain.

Oh, and the Night’s Watch mutinied, killing Jon … maybe. But more on that in a second.

What we know about next season: Production is about to start on what may be the penultimate season, with veteran Lost director Jack Bender helming the middle two episodes and “Hardhome” mastermind Miguel Sapochnik taking the final two.

Oh, and Kit Harington, though supposedly dead, totally has his Jon Snow hair back. But that could be unrelated.

Comic-Con burning question: Where do we even start to answer this question? Is Arya going to stick with the Faceless Men? Did Brienne actually kill Stannis? And is she finally going to meet up with Sansa? How awesome is it going to be when the Franken-Mountain starts getting revenge for Cersei? How screwed is Daenerys right now? Is she in any trouble at all? Is Bran finally going to come back? Where the eff is Gendry? How poorly is Davos going to take the news of Princess Shireen’s death? Is Melisandre going to Lord of Light Jon back to life? Did he warg into Ghost? Who the hell does Olly think he is, stabbing Jon like that? Not cool.

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