Game of Thrones premieres its sixth season on April 24, 2016, and so far the hype is that it will be bigger and better than even the previous seasons. This is a lot to live up to, as the show has consistently been unafraid to kill of some of its biggest and most likeable characters.
For the first time, Game of Thrones is going largely off script. While the TV show has had to abridge and adjust a lot of its storylines from the original novel source — based off George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga – Season 6 of Game of Thrones will surpass a lot of what has so far been written.
George R.R. Martin continues to be a collaborator on the TV show, so Game of Thrones’ producers have been kept in the loop about the character’s fates. But fans of the novels will have to tune into the TV show now to continue with the story’s narrative. As Screen Rant points out, there are only 10 episodes each season of Game of Thrones, and these are some of the stories that fans expect to be told in Season 6.
Arya Stark – the youngest daughter of Ned Stark – has had one of the most intriguing storylines so far. Season 5 of Game of Thrones found Arya in Braavos, across the Narrow Sea, being apprenticed as an assassin. The end of Season 5 of Game of Thrones had Arya going blind, and Season 6 of Game of Thrones will unravel Arya’s fate.
Arya seems to thrive on the darkness of death and has enough smarts to navigate the world, even if her sight is impeded. Arya keeps growing up, and as she comes of age, Game of Thrones will shows us just what is in store for her.
Poor Sansa, the eldest daughter of Ned Stark, has suffered nothing but misfortune after first setting out from Winterfell in Season 1 of Game of Thrones. Season 5 found her back at her homestead, which had been taken over by the dreadfully evil Ramsay Bolton. Forced to marry him and be subjected to physical and psychological abuse, Sansa was eventually able to escape with the help of Reek, formerly Theon Greyjoy.
It is hoped that in Season 6 of Game of Thrones Brienne, who swore an oath to Lady Catelyn Stark to find Sansa, will indeed achieve her quest. Sansa and Reek need all the help they can get to reach some form of safety and Brienne could hopefully help them.
Throughout Season 6 of Game of Thrones, Daenerys attempted to rule with a fair but strong authority. While she was able win over the slaves and persecuted of the cities she visited, she made enemies of all of those in power. After an attack, Daenerys is saved by Drogon, who flies her away from the fighting. While at rest, she is then surrounded by Dothraki horsemen.
Daenerys was once welcomed by the Dothraki, as she was married to Khal Drogo and became the Khaleesi of the Dothraki tribe. Whether the Dothraki will treat her as a previous leader or an unstable woman is yet to be seen. Daenerys still has a lot to learn about rule but her goal remains the same, to create an army large enough to recapture the Iron Throne, which once belonged to her Targaryen family.
Helping her on this quest is Ser Jorah Mormont and Tryrion Lannister, who fled from King’s Landing after being accused of murdering his father. Also with Daenerys was Lord Varys, another exile of King’s Landing. The fact that such powerful men have aligned themselves with Daenerys means that she has a good chance of making her way back to Westeros and fighting for the Iron Throne.
While what happens beyond The Wall in the north has largely been ignored, with the arrival of Stannis Baratheon, the threat of wraiths and white walkers is no longer a thing of legend. This was both good news and bad news for Jon Snow, who was made Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Good that he had fresh men to fight and resources for the many refugees he sheltered, but bad as it led to a power struggle. While Jon Snow wanted to commit his life to protecting The Wall, he was ultimately betrayed and left for dead at the end of Season 5.
It has since been confirmed that Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow, will return for Season 6 of Game of Thrones, but in what capacity is unknown. If he did truly die, then Jon Snow could be reanimated by the powerful Melissandre. Or perhaps the stab to the back was not as fatal as it looked. Whatever the fate of Jon Snow may be, things need to get back on track as the white walkers mean business and don’t think that a wall will stop them from taking over.
Season 5 of Game of Thrones saw Margaery Tyrell married to Cersei Lannister’s youngest child Tommen, who once of age will rule the Iron Throne. Cersei, ever trying to hold on to her power, was challenged by the religious order the Sparrows. After being imprisoned and tortured, Cersei admitted to an adulterous affair with Lancel Lannister and was forced to walk naked through the streets of King’s Landing.
While Cersei seems broken, Game of Thrones has shown her indomitable spirit. Her son Tommen is still poised for power, and Cersei is sure to think of a new scheme to regain her status.
The Sand Snakes
As if the world of Game of Thrones couldn’t get any larger or more confusing, Season 5 took viewers to the region of Dorne and introduced the characters of the Sand Snakes, bastard daughters to ruler Oberyn Martell. After Oberyn dies at the hands of the Lannisters’ Mountain, the Sand Snakes look for vengeance. This comes in the form of poisoning Myrcella Lannister.
With yet another Lannister dead, the once mighty family is broken and Season 6 of Game of Thrones will see if anything can repair this once powerful family. The Sand Snakes have power and cunning and should make more appearances in Season 6 of Game of Thrones.
Bonus Storyline: A New Maester
Before Jon Snow’s possible fateful end, he bid farewell to friend and ally Samwell Tarly, the rescued Gilly and old Maester Aemon. Their journey was to take them to Oldtown, where maesters are trained. Also in Oldtown is a possible link to dragons. Samwell has shown his ability to be brave in the toughest of situations, and there yet may be more in store for his character.
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