Game of Thrones Season 6 began with a bang, but now that Jon Snow is back, what can viewers expect from the hit HBO series? From revelations about Jon Snow’s true parentage to the aftermath of Ramsay Bolton’s ruthless familial massacre, there is plenty of fuel for rumors about Episode 3.
With Jon Snow’s resurrection, will the next episode of Game of Thrones Season 6 delve into the subject of his parentage? Episode 2 gave viewers a glimpse of Lyanna Stark during Bran’s vision of his father’s childhood. According to Popsugar, many fans speculate that Lyanna is Jon’s real mother while Rhaegar Targaryen is his father.
The brief preview of #GoT Episode 3 released by HBO may hold clues as it appears to end with a flashback of the battle at Tower of Joy. If that’s true, then it is the episode in Game of Thrones history where Ned finds a dying Lyanna. Was Lyanna taken there by Rhaegar? Did she die just after giving birth to Jon, leaving Ned to bring the boy up as his own son?
Game of Thrones Season 6 seems set to proceed at a tumultuous pace if the first two episodes of HBO’s blockbuster are any indication. While it was Jon Snow’s much talked about the resurrection that stole most of the headlines, Episode 2 of Game of Thrones Season 6, “Home,” featured other climactic developments, including the sadistic slaughter of the entire Bolton family by one of its own.
Ramsay Bolton signaled his ruthless intent to take over in the stunningly coldblooded murder of his father Roose Bolton, stepmother Walda and even, in a bar raising move, their baby son who would have rightfully inherited the throne. Iwan Rheon, who plays Ramsay, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what motivated the illegitimate Bolton son to wipe out the rest of the family.
“It shows a level of ambition we’ve not yet seen.”
That ramp up in violence and singular determination hints that Ramsay will be playing a more and more prominent role as Game of Thrones Season 6 unfolds. Fans are unlikely to mourn the demise of Roose Bolton, who played a pivotal role in the Red Wedding episode that saw the killing of Robb Stark, Caitlyn Stark, and Robb’s pregnant wife Talisa. But the Bolton family massacre will also have ripple effects in Game of Thrones Season 6 as the killings continues to weigh heavily on Ramsay.
“It’s not calculated, it’s reactionary. And it has an effect on him, which he didn’t expect.”
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Fans are left to speculate without any clues from the books because for the first time, the plot of the HBO TV adaptation of Game of Thrones Season 6 ventures beyond the territory covered by George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series. In the books, for example, Roose is still very much alive. HBO’s official synopsis of Episode 3, “Oathbreaker,” contains a few tidbits for fans about what is to come.
“Daenerys meets her future. Bran meets the past. Tommen confronts the High Sparrow. Arya (Maisie Williams) trains to be No One. Varys finds an answer. Ramsay gets a gift.”
Speculation swirls around the nature of the Umbers’ “gift” to Ramsay that is also seen briefly in the preview for Episode 3. A piece in Idigital Times postulates that it may mean that Episode 3 will see the return of Rickon Stark – in the role of the gift – as the Umber family slide their allegiance to Ramsay Bolton. Rickon was last seen in the series being taken to the Umbers’ home.
New pictures just released by HBO feature Daenerys’ long trek as a captive of the Dothraki confirm some of the other details in the synopsis, including Arya getting ready for battle and Davos’ looking shocked at something that is revealed off camera. Bran Stark seems to be having another vision, and the disreputable Qyburn is pictured with a group of children – a sight sure to make most viewers squeamish.
Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 3 titled “Oathbreaker” airs May 8, Sunday 9 p.m. ET on HBO.
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