Game of Thrones Season 6 is Coming
Game of Thrones is probably one of those few shows that, while a fantasy epic, is grounded in reality. There seems to be wonderful happy endings in sight for our favorite characters, but we remain hopeful as fans that everything falls into place.
And then someone dies.
That’s how life works. Now that the series has eclipsed the books, Game of Thrones Season 6 is certainly even more of a must-watch now. There’s an air of unpredictability, and there are so many questions that need to be answered. The new trailer took our collective breaths away, and we can’t wait one moment longer.
But alas, we still have a few more weeks, GoT fans. While the series is multi-layered (so many characters to keep track of, not that I’m complaining), here are some of the things we can think about to excite our minds while waiting for April 24.
Big Man Bran
The last time we saw everyone’s favorite crippled Stark boy, Bran had finally found the Three-Eyed Raven that had been plaguing his dreams. He was nowhere to be found in Season 5, so his return in Game of Thrones Season 6 is one to look out for. No more of the sweet little boy that was pushed out a window, though. If you’ve seen the trailers, you’ll notice that Bran is a man now. Puberty struck while he was training under the Three-Eyed Raven, which is great for all the girls out there, I suppose.
His tutelage under the Three-Eyed Raven is essential to the whole plot of the series, as the abilities he’s poised to unlock and master could directly affect who holds power in the end. Watch out for how Bran steps into the supernatural this Season. It’s sure to be a doozy.
King’s Landing: Civil War
Joffrey’s reign as the king can be described as rough and borderline tyrannical, but Tommen’s reign so far has been devoid of any interest whatsoever. Though seemingly much more benevolent than his older brother, Tommen is weak-willed and easily manipulated; which is perfect for one Cersei Lannister. That, of course, did not go as planned. The High Sparrow and his followers have decided to rid King’s Landing of any trace of immorality, with Cersei bearing the brunt of the crusade. The long walk of shame (*bell*) has humiliated and enraged Cersei.
Don’t think for a second that Cersei won’t exact revenge, especially with the zombie Mountain by her side. Expect Jamie to side with his sister (duh), as he returns with the body of their daughter. Poor King Tommen will be in the middle of this civil war between Cersei and the Faith Militant.
Arya, the Faceless
Arya’s desire for revenge ultimately led her to Braavos to train under the Faceless Men. The end goal is definitely to learn and apply all their mysterious abilities to become strong enough to exact her revenge on those who have wronged her and her family. One of the most satisfying scenes of last season was Arya straight up executing Meryn Trant, a Kingsguard with allegiances to the Lannisters.
Satisfying as that may be, she did this behind the Faceless Men’s back, which is a big no-no. Her usage of the one of the faceless masks has led to her going blind, which will be interesting considering the already difficult training she has to go through. Let’s all just hope she gets her sight back, but knowing Game of Thrones, it’s likely things will become much worse.
Mother of Dragons
Daenerys’ liberation of Meereen was probably one of the few instances where something great was happening to a character we like. Daenerys’ rise as a conqueror in Slaver’s Bay hyped us all as we were gearing up for her eventual return to Westeros. But again, Game of Thrones proves that there always ways to temper expectations.
The former slave masters of Meereen attempted to take back the city but were unsuccessful. Because dragons. Drogon, the largest of the three children of Daenerys, aided in her escape. But because you can’t exactly train dragons like you do dogs, Drogon inadvertently lands in Dothraki territory. The trailer shows that Dothraki didn’t treat the former Khaleesi well, but knowing Daenerys, she’ll probably find a way to conquer them again. Because dragons. As Daenerys is away, Tyrion and the others left have the dubious task of putting the city in check in the wake of a rebellion. Typical GoT.
Winter Has come
I used to always love when the story shifted to Winterfell and the Starks. Oh, how things change! Now that Stannis has been defeated, the Boltons run the show up north. Ramsay Bolton has to be the embodiment of evil at this point. Thank God Sansa and Theon (that’s his real name, guys) managed to escape from his clutches, as evidenced by a very much alive Sansa in the trailer.
What’s interesting to see is how the Boltons deal with the wildlings running from their war with the White Walkers. There has to be a point in the plot that would necessitate the houses to face a threat greater than their petty squabble over power. With the White Walkers almost certainly forcing themselves through the wall, will Westeros sink or swim?
He’s dead. Right?