Happy Tuesday everybody, and what a great Tuesday it is. Coming into this week were two great mysteries.
The first was solved when we finally found out where Marques Bolden would commit. The next, and only slightly less important to real life, regards the fate of Jon Snow. With the return of Game of Thrones Sunday night, we will hopefully answer this and resume the goings on in Westeros and see who will step inch closer to claiming the Iron Throne. Before we jump into what to look for in season six, here’s a twitter sized recap of season five:
Stannis: dead Sansa w/ Theon Arya: blind Cersei: walk of shame Dany with Dothraki, Marjaery: church prison zombie mountain Jon: ¯\_(ãƒ„)_/¯
That sums it up pretty well I think. Obviously, season five was significantly more complex and it was my favorite season since the first. As good as it was though, season six has the potential to be the best of the bunch, and that’s what we’ll look at here. After all, there’s no real sense looking back when there’s so much to look forward to. Perhaps the best thing about GoT as we enter season six is the fact that the story is now completely free to go anywhere. The show has outpaced the book series so everything now is original content. Author of the series, George R.R. Martin is still steering the ship with regards to where the story heads, but it’s now gone from book adaptation to being written specifically for tv, which hopefully ups the ante for what we’ll see. With that said, here are the five things I’m most excited about for season six of Game of Thrones.
The Fate of Jon Snow
GoT has never been shy about killing off major characters so in a way, Jon’s Caesar-esque death shouldn’t have been a surprise. There had always been a sense of invulnerability with Jon though. I don’t know whether that stems from the mystery of his parentage (was Ned really his father or was he a Stark by other means?) or that he, along with Tyrion and Daenerys, had become the show’s triumvirate; but, Jon
was is ¯\_(ãƒ„)_/¯important. I believe he is still important. It shouldn’t be a surprise that this occured right as Melisandre returns to Castle Black. Perhaps she’ll use her Lord of Light powers to save or resurrect him. Without Jon, the Night’s Watch angle lose nearly all of its punch and with the coming of the White Walkers, this angle will remain too important to exist without him.
The White Walkers
Speaking of the White Walkers, I suspect we’ll finally get to a tipping point with them by the end of season six. Either they will breach the Wall or they will be defeated. I tend to lean toward the former, as I’m really hoping a White Walker-dragon showdown happens at some point. With an ever growing army and zombie Darth Maul in charge, the White Walkers are set to move south and appear to be bringing winter with them. For the love of God please let winter come so all those t-shirts in the Winterfell gift shop will seem relevant again.
The Wrath of Cersei
Cersei was in a bad way for much of season five, culminating in her very literal walk of shame. Now safely in the hands of Franken-Mountain, Cersei may very well become a dragon herself and burn King’s Landing to the ground. Not only will she look to destroy the people who mocked her, but when she learns of Myrcella’s death she may very well kill Jaime (for failing to protect her) and go to war with Dorne. Cersei has never been kind, but any mercy or kindness in her has probably been destroyed forever.
Daenerys, Drogon, Dothraki
Who knows what’s going on north of the Narrow Sea, but something is brewing. After her spectacular rescue by Drogon and subsequent flight from Meereen, Daenerys seemed to be losing her grip of power. Now, she not only has a semi-obedient Drogon (must be his adolescent phase), but a horde of Dothraki have joined her. With the fire power of the dragons, Dothraki, and the Unsullied partnered with the political acumen of Tyrion and Varys, there is very little which could prevent Daenerys from preparing her return to the Seven Kingdoms. Hopefully by the end of season six she will make that move.
The Return of the Fellowship
That’s a crazy mix of LOTR titles within a post about a fantasy show, but sometimes you have to cross the streams. In any case, the fellowship of Bran returns with season six and that’s exciting. In season four I found Bran’s trek a little boring and uneventful. Even the end with the attack at the tree was kind of mediocre. The season off, however, has reignited my interest in what Bran will find in the Weirwood tree. There’s also the Children of the Forest to figure out too. Last, but most certainly not least, Hodor!