This article contains spoilers and theories about Game of Thrones Season 6.
The premiere of the sixth season of the HBO blockbuster drama Game of Thrones is still six months away, but thanks to new reports and sightings at the various shooting locations, fans have a good idea of what problems their favorite characters will face. Several Game of Thrones characters who disappeared from the narrative will return in Season 6. Ned Stark will return, although only in a flashback to the pivotal battle at the Tower of Joy. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a sighting of German actress Sibel Kekilli on set and in costume prompted rumors that Tyrion Lannister’s departed paramour, Shae, somehow escaped the god of death — although it is unclear if Sibel Kekilli’s return means that Shae lives, or was simply a hallucination from a guilt-ridden Tyrion. And yes, all signs suggest that Jon Snow will play an important part in Game of Thrones Season 6.
Last week, news broke that actor Clive Russell would reprise his role of Blackfish Tully. Blackfish Tully’s last appearance on Game of Thrones was during Season 3, when a well-timed exit spared him from the infamous Red Wedding. Russell’s return cemented theories that Game of Thrones Season 6 would focus on the siege of Riverrun, the last unsettled business from the War of the Five Kings. But one important character to the siege of Riverrun story was still missing. Until now.
The return of both characters confirms that not only will the siege of Riverrun, a plot point from A Feast for Crows, appear in Game of Thrones, it may play out the same way as it did in the source material. Of course, there are some differences. In A Feast for Crows, the siege of Riverrun happens long before winter threatens Westeros, but in Game of Thrones, winter is fast approaching. So, it seems that the siege of Riverrun has moved from one of the final battles in the War of the Five Kings to a connecting event between the War of the Five Kings and the hostilities that will surely rage until the White Walkers descend on Westeros.
Meanwhile, the story of Essos has taken an interesting turn.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, casting notices and set photos suggest that the Dothraki khalasar Daenerys Targaryen encountered at the end of Game of Thrones Season 5 will take her to Vaes Dothrak, to take her place among the dosh khaleen. Location filming on the Dothraki sets in Spain wrapped on Friday, October 23, which suggests that the pivotal scene the actresses are needed for will be filmed on soundstages. Rumors suggest that Drogon will appear in Vaes Dothrak to burn a temple in the Dothraki holy city. Could Drogon inspire the Dothraki to follow Daenerys the same way the dragons inspired the remnants of Khal Drogo’s khalasar to follow her in Game of Thrones Season 1?
The last bit of casting news is strange, even by Game of Thrones standards. According to Watchers on the Wall, fans spotted veteran actress Diana Rigg in Spain with Conleth Hill. There is no word on whether or not Rigg was on set or in costume as Olenna Tyrell or merely on vacation. The Queen of Thorns and the Master of Whispers have met before, in Game of Thrones Season 3, but would Olenna Tyrell travel all the way to Essos to save her family and doom the Lannisters?
Find out more about the siege of Riverrun, Vaes Dothrak, and Essos when Game of Thrones returns in April 2016.
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