[Please note this post contains spoilers from the A Song of Ice and Fire books and speculation about what could happen in the TV show in relation to book events.
Trigger warning: mentions of rape and death.]
Game of Thrones Season Six begins in a little over two weeks, and I’m ridiculously excited for the new season.
For the first time since getting into the show we’ve caught up with the books, meaning I don’t know anything that’s going to happen. Plus, with the show diverging from the books more frequently with every season, even if some things from the books are yet to happen, there’s no guarantee they’ll ever appear in the show.
With that in mind, here are six things I’m looking forward to in Game of Thrones Season Six.
Sansa Finally Getting Some Retribution
I wasn’t entirely happy with Sansa’s season five arc. When season four ended, she looked to be in a more powerful position, and I was ready for her to start becoming a player in the game. Instead, Littlefinger sold her to the Boltons and she ended up being raped on her wedding night to Ramsey Snow.
I sort of understand the need to simplify the “Fake Arya” story from the books, but I hate that it was at the expense of Sansa’s development.
Thankfully, at the end of season five she, along with Theon, escaped Winterfell.
In season six, I’m hoping she isn’t recaptured by the Boltons and instead finds someone to help her (Is Brienne still in the area?). It’d be great for her to gain some power – perhaps through an alliance with the Riverlands and the Vale, and reclaim Winterfell from the Boltons.
I could see season six ending with Sansa back home, finally, and mounting a search for her brothers.
Which brings me to …
Bran Showing Us the Past
I’m not sure Sansa will ever find Bran, and I don’t think his story is connected to the politics of Westeros in the same way Sansa’s is.
When we last saw Bran at the end of season four, he’d finally located the three-eyed crow (YAY Bloodraven!) and the next part of his supernatural training was about to begin.
Readers of the books got a glimpse of that training in A Dance with Dragons, when we saw Brandon Rivers, aka Bloodraven, teaching Bran how to warg into weirwood tree, and use them to view scenes from the past.
I think this will be Bran’s arc in season six, and under the tutelage of Bloodraven, we will see him use warging to view events from the past, which have implications for the future.
Events such as what actually happened to Lyanna Stark during Robert’s Rebellion, specifically her imprisonment and death at the Tower of Joy.
Finding out If Jon Snow Is Really Dead
Speculation about Lyanna Stark and the Tower of Joy can only mean one thing; R + L = J.
The books have me utterly convinced Jon Snow’s real parents are Lyanna Stark (Ned’s dead sister) and Rhaegar Targaryen (Dany’s deceased brother), and I think through Bran we finally discover this to be true in season six!
But what is the point of finding out Jon Snow has royal blood if he’s dead?
I personally don’t think he’ll be staying dead for very long.
We already have proof in the form of Beric Dondarrion, who has been revived and healed by Thoros using the Lord of Light’s power, that people can be bought back to life by worshipers of R’hllor.
The only other R’hllor worshiper we’ve seen in the show is Melisandre, who was last seen returning to Castle Black, after things with Stannis went wrong.
I think Melisandre knows more about the war against the White Walkers than she’s letting on, and that she’s seen visions of Jon Snow leading ‘men’ to victory against the supernatural forces encroaching on Westeros.
It’s my belief that Melisandre will use the power of the Lord of the Light to bring Jon Snow back to life in season six, and he’ll soon learn that Daenerys Targaryen isn’t the only person with the blood of the dragon!
Dany’s Continuing Journey, Which Will Hopefully Include Westeros
When we last saw Dany, she had fled Meereen on the back of Drogon and soon found herself surrounded by a Dothraki horde.
Thankfully, she had the sense to drop her ring, so that hopefully Daario and Jorah can find her.
But before they do, I’m hoping Dany proves to be a self-rescuing Princess Queen, by climbing onto Drogon’s back and dracarys’ing the Dothraki horde.
From there, I’d like Dany to return to Meereen to free Viserion and Rhaegal and gather her army, before making a beeline for Westeros, to claim her place as true Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
The Political Unrest in King’s Landing
At the rate things are going in King’s Landing, if/when Dany finally arrives, there might be nothing for her to conquer.
Season five ended with Queen Regent Cersei Lannister being forced to do a walk of shame by the Faith Militant, and Queen Margaery still imprisoned and awaiting trial.
There were some hints of what’s to come for Cersei, when Qyburn introduced her to the newest member of the Kingsguard: an 8-foot-tall man in golden armor.
But other than that, the future of the Lannister/Tyrell alliance, and the fate of the royal family in King’s Landing remains unclear.
My hope for season six is that Margaery is freed from prison, and the Lannisters get what’s coming to them. How? I’m not too sure at this moment.
My feeling is something will happen during Margaery’s trial.
Could she call for a trail by combat, and have Cersei name her new 8-foot-tall Kingsguard knight as her Champion? If so, who’d be able to take on a Mountain like that?
Bye-Bye Boltons: The North Remembers
Speaking of people getting what’s coming to them, I hope season six sees the Boltons paying for their part in the Red Wedding, claiming of Winterfell and the rape of Sansa.
Going back to my first point, and my hope that Sansa gains some power for herself, I would LOVE to see Sansa unite the North, Riverlands and the Vale in the name of the Starks/Tullys, and with the combined forces reclaim Winterfell, and then give Roose Bolton and Ramsay Snow the retribution they deserve!
Of Course, There’s Plenty of Other Things I’d Like to See in Season Six, Too
As well as the above, I’m eager for further exploration of Arya and her arc with the Faceless Men, seeing how the Martells will continue to fit into the political schemes, resolution with the Wildlings south of the Wall and more information on the White Walkers and where their supernatural power comes from.
But, the six points above are what I REALLY want to see in Game of Thrones: Season Six.
So what about you? What moments are you looking forwards to in Game of Thrones: Season Six?
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