Here are some fearless forecasts for the next season of Game Of Thrones: Jon Snow will return as a White Walker, Lady Sansa will have a platonic love affair with the spayed Reek, Stannis Baratheon’s life will be spared, and Khaleesi will set her two dragons free. Before discussing these exciting new developments for Season 6, let the Hollywood Reporter provide the backdrop for what the audience already knows, based on Game of Thrones Season 5.
Even though the die-hard fans of the HBO exclusive series are likely to know the Game of Thrones Season 5 plot by heart and may be able to recite it without batting an eyelash, it’s good to conduct a cursory review for two reasons. First, new fans will need help with following through the saga. Second, for the sake of possible discussion or debate, it is always necessary to have some sort of platform from which to proceed in a civil fashion.
Here’s some more background information that will be useful for the discussion, this time from Game of Thrones Wikia.
“Season 5 of Game of Thrones was commissioned by HBO on 8 April 2014, following a substantial increase in audience figures between the third and fourth seasons. The fifth and sixth seasons were commissioned simultaneously, the first time HBO has commissioned two seasons at once for a major drama series.
“The season consists of ten episodes. It began filming in July 2014 and concluded on 12 December 2014. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss return as executive producers and show runners for both seasons five and six, having signed a new two-year contract with HBO in early 2014.The season premiered on April 12, 2015.”
Against this backdrop, it is easier to understand the vantage point from which to launch predictions for the upcoming season, namely Game of Thrones Season 6. For someone who has watched all of Season 5, there is highly likely to be the feeling that there were way too little episodes. It was as if HBO or the producers were deliberately limiting the number of episodes in order to continue to whet the appetite for subsequent seasons.
Or maybe, it was a way to spread out the existing material in order to extend the Game of Thrones winning streak or more specifically, the show’s financial clout. HBO might want to keep milking a cow, after all, some uncontrollable piracy was going on in the background that the company can never hope to control, try as it may. Thrones is simply the most pirated cable TV show on Earth.
Everyone knows that Game of Thrones has a had a similar financial streak as The Sopranos, so there has to be a way to keep the Golden Goose laying the eggs, so to speak. No matter what, the audience doesn’t seem to be complaining. Mostly, the audience still finds the series immensely entertaining, especially Cersi’s infamous walk of shame towards the conclusion of the last episode. No matter how much the cable mogul paid Lena Headey, it will not be enough to compensate her for such a job well done. The performance was simply priceless and will be one of the most powerful scenes that will remain in the minds of the viewers for years to come.
There lurks the intelligent assumption that unless one’s head was cut off, characters in Game of Thrones are likely to be still alive. And this is the inference from which the prediction that Snow lives on is based out of. He has nine lives, just like a cat; plus, the series has made so much investment in developing the Jon Snow character. Also, note how a White Walker big gun eyed him very closely, complete with camera close ups when he rescued the Wildlings, Oscar Schindler-style.
Also, the audience did not see Baratheon’s head roll on the ground, which fuels the belief that he may well have lived. As for Lady Sansa and Reek hitting it off, if only briefly, this will be sort of consummating all the staring they did together in their scenes. Finally, that the Mother of Dragons will eventually set Viserion and Rhaegal free is a giveaway. Daenerys Targaryen’s lifelong guilt will have to be that she has not been a good mother to the dragons. She should have watched or read How To Train Your Dragons. She got so embroiled with trying to be the queen of Meereen that the possible victor of Game of Thrones forgot to raise her own children properly.
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