This article contains spoilers and theories about Game of Thrones Season 6.
With all the focus on Jon Snow’s supposed demise, even the most die-hard Game of Thrones fan might forget the other rumored plot lines that will feature in the sixth season of the HBO ratings juggernaut. For the record: yes, Kit Harington is still sporting Jon Snow’s trademark long hair and beard.
This is where things get interesting. According to the fan site, Watchers on the Wall, three actors were cast in connection to the Tower of Joy scene. One of the actors, Luke Roberts, recently updated his résumé with his Game of Thrones role, Rowland Selwyn. There is no character named Rowland Selwyn in the source material, and certainly no Rowland Selwyn was among the guards who died at the Tower of Joy. However, Ned Stark wasn’t the only survivor of the battle of the Tower of Joy. The other was the so-far-unseen, and similarly named, Howland Reed. And, as of Game of Thrones Season 5, and A Dance with Dragons, Howland Reed is alive and well, and the only living person in Westeros who may know that Jon Snow has both Stark and Targaryen blood.
At the moment, R+L=J is still only a theory. And unfortunately, Game of Thrones fans may have to wait a bit longer than usual to find out which of their wild theories prove true. According to the fan site, Winter is Coming, HBO recently announced a new 10-episode series, Vinyl, which will premiere on Sunday, February 14. Winter is Coming estimates that Vinyl will end it’s run around April 17. Which means, best case scenario, Game of Thrones won’t return until April 24. However, HBO often leaves one week between the conclusion of one show and the beginning of another. Which means Game of Thrones could return as late as May 2016.
Take heart, Game of Thrones fans. By all accounts, the next season will be epic, even if it will arrive later than expected.
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