Game of Thrones fans are eagerly awaiting Season 6. As the days before the season premier tick away, we hunger for information about what may happen next. Well, Mr. George R.R. Martin has let some spoilers slip, and other tidbits have leaked here and there. Let’s talk about some of the most recent ones.
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Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has let some tidbits of information about what Season 6, premiering on HBO on April 24, may hold. He announced in his LiveJournal entry on January 2 that the new book, Winds of War, will not be released prior to the new season of the Game of Thrones show. So the series itself will contain some spoilers for the book, and as with prior seasons, there will be differences between the plot in the book and the plot in the series. He also recently announced that he won’t be writing any of this season’s episodes, and rumors and hints abound indicating that Jon Snow either is not actually dead or will be brought back from the dead. But what else do we know? A few things.
Bustle reports that Mr. Martin disclosed in another journal entry that King Stannis, younger brother of King Robert Baratheon, is dead. It seemed obvious to some that he was killed in Brienne’s attack, but many had their doubts because we never saw him beheaded, and this sometimes means a Game of Thrones character did not die. But author George R. R. Martin has confirmed that Stannis is indeed dead.
In another Game of Thrones spoiler, Mr. Martin provided an excerpt of Winds of Winter that is told from Arya’s point of view, confirming that she is blind as suspected at the end of last season. He also provided one more Game of Thrones spoiler in his announcement.
He writes, “Balon Greyjoy… is dead in the books, alive on the show. His brothers Euron Crow’s Eye and Victarion have not yet been introduced (will they appear? I ain’t saying).”
He ain’t saying, but why would he mention it if they weren’t? We shall see!
Another question we’ve had since Game of Thrones first appeared on HBO is the true identity of Jon Snow’s parents. There are rumors that we will learn once and for all this season. While the series wants us to believe that he is the illegitimate child of Ned Stark, born by someone with whom he had an affair, there is a popular fan theory that he is actually the child of Ned’s sister, Lyanna Stark, and Rhaegar Targaryen, son of mad king Aerys Targaryen. Often referred to as the “R + L = J Theory,” YouTuber AltShiftX created a video that explains this theory in detail.
Is this true? We don’t know. But we do know, thanks to the Huffington Post and others, that Bran is returning this season and will have visions. It’s expected that one of his visions will reveal the parentage of Jon Snow.
One more Game of Thrones spoiler before we go. Some of the dead return. One is strictly in a flashback – Ned Stark. Ian McShane disclosed that his new character is “bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again,” according to the Huffington Post. It’s widely believed this will be the Hound, but we’ll have to wait and see for sure in April. It’s also possible that Catelyn Stark will return as an undead character since she does so in the books as the character Lady Stoneheart.
The long-awaited premier of Season 6 will happen on HBO on April 24.
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