Game of Thrones is one of the most watched shows in the world and boy did last season end on a cliff hanger. Plus the show finally caught up the books so all of us book readers can’t feel smug about knowing what’s going to happen anymore. All bet’s are off. We can make some educated guesses however. It’s hard to keep such a popular show a secret when people are flocking to filming locations and tweeting pictures of the cast. Casting calls are a font of information as well. Here are 10 things we can all look forward to seeing in season 6 of Game of Thrones. Spoilers abound.
It’s all but been confirmed that Sandor Clegane, The hound will be appearing in season 6. The Hound’s hatred for his brother Gregor, The mountain is well known. Gregor is currently Cersei’s creature and when it’s time for her trial by combat there’s little doubt who the Queen’s champion will be. Now here’s where it get’s interesting. A lot of Cersei’s actions, especially her hatred of Tyrion goes back to the prophecy given to her by the woods witch we saw in flashback at the beginning of season 5. The wood’s witch prophecy stated that meet her death at the hands of the Valonqar, Valerian for little brother. Cersei always thought this referred to Tyrion and some fans have pointed out that being born second, technically Jamie is also her little brother. Thing is the prophecy never stated who’s little brother. Enter Sandor Clegane, Little brother of Cersei’s Champion Gregor Clegane. In the Novels it’s a widely accepted fan theory that Sandor didn’t die but was healed and converted to the faith of the 7 by Septon Meribald (It seems likely he will be played by Ian McShane who said he’d be responsible for bringing someone back we thought we’d never see again). So when the Sparrow’s need a champion to for Cersei’s trial by combat it seems likely Sandor will finally get the chance to kill his hated brother. Of course if Sandor win’s, Cersei dies, courtesy of the Valonqar.
Fan’s have been waiting for the reverent of Catelyn Stark to show up since season 4 and every season there’s been rumors of her appearance even going as far as to be trolled by Lena Headey. Season 6 we may finally see Catelyn’s revenge obsessed shade. Brienne and Jamie are both in the Riverlands this season and it’s been confirmed the Brotherhood without Banners (Who Catelyn leads in the novels after Beric revived her with R’hllor kiss) will be making a return this season. There were rumors that Lady Stoneheart was sighted in the river lands leading an army. Weather these rumors are true or not now seem to be the perfect time her to finally make her appearance. With Brienne and Jamie in the Riverlands as well as the Brotherhood without banners it seem’s Jaime and Brienne will be resuming their plot from the novels after picking around in Dorne and the North. George RR Martin has already said that Lady StoneHeart will have a role to play in the next two books and given the impacts has on Jamie and Brienne’s I can’t see D and D cutting her character out completely. With the show focusing more on magic and the supernatural with Bran becoming a green seer and the White Walkers marching south her resurrection now would be more in line with the themes of the show. Especially with a certain bastard poised to make his return.
Jon Snow and the Battle of the Bastards!
This is the big one. The one we’re all waiting for and knew was coming despite HBO’s best efforts to tell us otherwise. The Return of Jon ::Sneeze Targaryen!:: Snow. We all know he’s coming back the only question is how. Melisandre’s appearance at the wall seemed too convenient to be mere coincidence. I believe that was the whole point of that scene in season 3 when she went to the Brotherhood without Banners to supposedly get Gentry for his king’s blood. It seemed like mostly exposition then but that episode goes along way into explaining the way R’hllor can bring back people and setting the stage for Jon Snow and hopefully Lady Stone Heart. Another popular theory is he will warg into ghost which is a possibility. At the prologue of book 5 George RR Martin had a skin changer Varymar warg into a animal right as he was dying then he was never heard from again. Foreshadowing much?
It’s hard to convince people that Jon Snow is dead when he’s been seen and photographed filming. Those photographs actually clue us in into a lot of the plot from the upcoming season. For one, he’s wearing the same armor that Robb and Ned wore, No more Night’s Watch black. Guess when he died his watch was over. Also he’s fighting a battle with Ramsay Bolton. Rumor is Sansa and Littlefinger is present. Also on Jon’s side he has the Wilding’s and some Northern houses as well. Hold up, after he wins the Battle of the Bastards with Ramsay, Doesn’t that pretty much make him King in the North? No reason for him not to take Winterfell back, it is his home. Sansa’s presence might mean she’s being set up as being the Stark in winterfell. He already has a army. By then would have defeated the Boltons that betrayed the Starks and are hated in the North. And the Last surviving son (as far as the public knows) of Ned Stark just took back Winterfell. Sound’s like King in the North to me. Maybe he’ll head to River Run next to break the siege their under and once again unite Starks and Tullys. The more information I get the more questions I have. I absolutely can’t wait for season 6 to begin. C’mon April!
It’s been confirmed that we’ll be seeing a lot more flashbacks probably courtesy of Bran and his Green Seer abilities. There may be one involving Ned, Brandon and Little finger, Possibly Robert Baratheon but the most anticipated flashback we’re finally going to see what happened at the Tower of Joy. For non book readers the Tower of Joy is outside of Dorne and was where Rhaegar took Lyanna. It was from here he left to face Robert Baratheon at the Trident. Afterwards Ned Stark showed up there with Howland Reed and 4 (check exact number) unnamed soldiers and fought a bitter battle against the King’s Guard that were stationed there including The Sword of the Morning Arthur Dayne. (WHat were the names of the Other King Guards?). All that is know for sure about this epic battle is at the end on Ned and Howland Reed were left alive. Howland Reed saved Ned’s life at one point and after the battle Ned went to his sister lyanna to find her “on a bed of blood”. She made him make her a promise before she died. Afterwards he returned Ser Arthur Dayne’s Sword to his family and Lyanna’s remains to the crypts at Winterfell. Finally we’re getting confirmation of Jon Snow’s parentage. The promise Ned made was obviously to raise Jon as his own knowing how Robert Baratheon felt about Targaryens. The bed of blood was from childbirth. And why else would the Kingsguard be there if not to protect someone of royal blood? R+L=J indeed.
Hardhome was my favorite Game of Thrones episode ever. When the wight’s broke thru and Jon was fighting a god damn White Walker I literally had chills running down my spine. And when his sword Longclaw didn’t shatter and he gave the White Walker the whole can of whoop ass I think I may have ejaculated a little. Well they’re getting closer to the wall and have been moved to the forefront as the main threat. The wall will stand as long as the Men of the Night’s Watch stand true! Probably shouldn’t have murdered your last 2 Lord Commander’s then. Whoop’s. Strictly my opinion but this season the wall’s coming down. Or the White Walkers are going to get past it somehow. That’d be a perfect way to end the season similar to the ending of the first two.
Iron Islands. Theon returning. Theon’s crazy uncles.
The Greyjoys are back! At least Theon’s cooler uncle is. Euron Greyjoy has been cast and Theon’s sister Yara is also making a return this season. There’s a plot line in the books where Balon Greyjoy dies and there’s a “Kingsmoot” where the Iron Islander’s meet to select a king. (Who knew Iron Islander’s were so democratic?) Yara is about to win until her uncle show’s up blowing a horn that’s supposed to control freaking Dragon’s! You can expect his story line to cross with Dany’s. Also Theon was filmed on the set for the Iron Islands, so it looks like Dickless is going back home. Wonder how that’s gonna work out since in the novels he’s being held Prisoner by Stannis.
The return of Walder Frey.
Frey’s back due to the plot revolving around the Riverlands this season. To recap, he’s finishing off the Tully’s but as always he’s mucking things up so the crown sends Jamie Lannister to go straighten things out. Also there’s a strong possibility that Lady Stoneheart will be going around hanging Frey’s this season.Maybe finally we’ll see him face consequences for the Red wedding. Or the death of hope as I like to call it,
The Night’s Watch.
The wall will always stand as long as the men of the Night’s Watch stay true! Probably shouldn’t have killed your last two Lord Commander’s then. The Night’s Watch are in trouble. There’s an army of the dead marching on the wall. They got a bunch of wildlings there who wouldn’t be too pleased to learn Julius Ceasared the man who saved them. The wilding’s also have a giant. Not to mention there are many left. After the war with the wilding there were less than a 100. Sooner or later the White Walkers are going to get past the wall. It’s a wrap for the Night’s Watch when that happens. They were outmatched and outnumbered by wilding’s. What they going to do against Cold Demon’s and Ice Zombies?
We get to see characters that have been Mia. Bran, Rickon, Brotherhood without Banner’s.
Bran’s back and you can expect his Exposition, I mean Green Seer abilities to be front and center. I can’t wait to see what happens with him and if you read the books the coolest person on the show, The 3 eyed raven, Brynden Rivers. He was one of the great Targaryen bastards and fought in the war of the 9 penny kings. He wielded a Valyrian Steel sword called Dark Sister which would really come in handy for killing the White Walkers so I hope he kept it with him. He was a albino warrior wizard and feared by all. He’s probably just going to sit in a tree now but he was that dude once upon a time. Also In the book’s Melisandre call’s Bran her worst enemy, so that’s interesting. Best of all if Bran’s back then so is Hodor!
Davos and Melisandre
These two have been at each other’s throat since season 2. Now that Stannis isn’t around to protect his red woman anymore she might be in trouble if Davo’s finds out she responsible for Shireen getting burned at the stake like a witch. What will the two of them do now that Stannis is gone? Well i’m pretty sure Mel already has her eye’s on another Azor Ahai. Davos on the other hand owed everything to Stannis. I would love to see him become an advisor to Jon and later his hand if he becomes King of Winter or sits on the Iron Throne. But in my heart I know he’s probably just going to die horribly.