Season 6 of Game of Thrones is almost upon us, which means that we have a lot of questions to answer. Season 5 left off at a point of despair and misery for almost all of the characters, and it left the viewers with a lot of unknowns, especially since season 6 is going to be the first season that’s completely departing from the source material, A Song Of Ice And Fire. That puts the fans of the book series and the fans of the TV show in the same position of not knowing what’s going to happen, which is enough to get lots of questions up in the air. Some of these questions are small, but some are big, and some have been talked about since the last episode of season five aired.
Since the new season is premiering in a couple of short days, we’ve been obsessively re-watching, trying to figure out exactly what’s going to happen next. We’re noticing things upon re-watching that there’s a lot we missed that happened while we were being shocked by the big things that happened in season five. Going into season six without the books to help us fans along, we need every detail we can get. Here are some of the questions that every fan is going to have in their mind when season 6 of Game of Thrones premieres on Sunday. Be careful of spoilers at this point, for they are dark and full of terrors.
10. How Is Jon Snow Being Resurrected?
At this point, we all know that the last episode, “Mother’s Mercy” marks the very mutinous death of Jon Snow, everybody’s favorite watcher on the wall. He got stabbed by angry members of the Night’s Watch, who were angry about his favorable treatment of the wildlings, to say the very least. That’s where his story ends in the last book, A Dance of Dragons, as well, so it’s not like the book readers have any idea what’s about to happen, either. Lots of fans were wondering if he hadn’t died right then, but with all of that blood, and the synopsis of the first episode of this season “The Red Woman”, we can assume pretty safely that Jon Snow, for right now, is dead as a doornail. However, Jon Snow’s story is far from over, and there’s so much we need to know about him specifically in order for the story to continue, which means he has to come back. That involves him being resurrected in some way.
There are a few theories as to how Jon Snow is going to come back, but the one that makes the most sense to me given the information we have now involves Melisandre, the priestess of R’hllor. We already know that the red priests of R’hllor can bring people back from the dead, since we saw Thoros of Myr do it for Beric Dondarrion back in season three. They come back a little wrong, but they come back alive, which is the important thing for all those Jon Snow fangirls. The books haven’t gotten to the part where Jon Snow comes back, which leaves the showrunnners, Benioff and Weiss, to tell that part of the story for us. There’s also the question of whether his commitment to the Night’s Watch is null and void now, since he did “live and die at his post”, but we can’t even begin to answer that until he stops being dead.
The most likely course of action for the Melisandre of the books for bringing Jon back would have been to sacrifice Shireen to bring Jon Snow back, since it was revealed last year that Shireen’s death was absolutely going to be in the books. However, the show got to that a little early, by sacrificing Shireen in order to make the battle for Winterfell easier for Stannis in episode 9 of season 5, “The Dance of Dragons.” That didn’t go very well. This means that the show is going to have to come up with some other way to go about it. This is assuming the show uses Melisandre in that role at all, since nobody’s sure of that either. She just seems the most likely course of action right now because of her interest in Jon all through season 5 and the fact that the sixth season’s premiere is literally called “The Red Woman”, which has been her title since her introduction in season 2.
9. How is the show handling the Tower of Joy flashbacks?
The Tower of Joy, for those who haven’t read the books, is where Ned Stark found his sister Lyanna dying in a pool of her own blood, where she made Ned make a promise to her. This event is what solidified Robert Baratheon’s hatred of the Targaryen family, because he’d been betrothed to Lyanna when Rhaegar Targaryen, Daenerys’s brother, stole her away from him. That part of the story is debatable, since Ned didn’t have a bad word to say about Rhaegar, and that wouldn’t be the case if he’d kidnapped his sister. The only person who did have bad things to say about him was Robert, and if Lyanna and Rhaegar had truly loved each other, Robert would obviously have bad things to say about the situation. Either way, there’s a good chance that these scenes have a lot to do with Jon Snow’s origins, which is another reason why we need him alive to find out all of this stuff.
That being said, the trailer for this season clearly shows what appears to be a flashback to the Tower of Joy. The show has never really handled history before, which is why the reveal of the Night’s King back in season four caused such an uproar, because the books had only mentioned the idea of a Night’s King in passing and nobody saw it coming. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Tower of Joy scenes are going to fit in with the upcoming season, because the books have only shows little pieces of what happened, and that was back in the first book.
8. Where are Margaery and Loras Tyrell?
We all saw Cersei take her walk of penance in the season finale of season 5, but once Margaery and Loras were taken to the High Sparrow, they all but disappeared. We have no way of knowing what’s going to happen to them, since we’ve reached the end of their storyline at the end of last season, but they’re both going to have their work cut out for them if they want to avoid the same fate. Natalie Dormer talked to Entertainment Weekly about what to expect for her this upcoming season:
“Over the five years that I’ve played Margaery we’ve seen in her in a lot of sticky situations, but she’s never been out of her depth,” Natalie Dormer tells EW. “She’s always given the impression, at least, of being a step ahead. In season 6, you see her genuinely fearful of how best to handle the situation. She is scared and uncertain. She starts to look unrecognizable in places.”
That’s basically what happened to Cersei in season five. However, Margaery is very different from Cersei in a few big ways, and it’s those differences that might spare her from Cersei’s fate. She’s a queen that relies on the love of her subjects rather than making her subjects afraid of her, and while she’s just as much of a manipulator as Cersei is, her demeanor doesn’t make her come off that way. That could very well be her greatest asset when she faces off against the High Sparrow.
7. What’s Bran Stark going to be doing this season?
Bran Stark’s perspective is the first you see in the books, and his story was the first to reach the end of the books. That happened back in season four, which is why he, along with his companions, Meera & Jojen Reed, weren’t in season five. All we know is that he’s spent some time training at the heart tree with the three eyed crow. We have no idea what on earth he’s training for, since his story is so off the beaten path from everyone else’s. All we know is that one day, he’s going to fly.
What does flying mean in this case, though? Bran Stark could very well fly, either literally or spiritually, considering out of all of the remaining Stark children, he’s the best warg, and he’s the only one who’s really warged into other beings besides his direwolf. He’d be a fantastic ace in the hole for someone who’s gearing up to fight, say, giant dragons, for that very reason. However, the flying could also be metaphorical, that Bran is destined for greatness beyond what he thought he could do. When he could walk and climb, he wanted to be a knight, but perhaps the world is bigger than that for Bran Stark.
6. What’s the story with Sansa Stark?
Sansa Stark’s storyline in the show is way off from where she is in the books. The Sansa Stark of the books doesn’t get anywhere near Winterfell or Ramsay Snow, she’s off with Littlefinger, getting to know a book-only character called Harry the Heir. The storyline Sansa Stark is actually on is her old friend Jeyne Poole’s, who marries Ramsay Snow under the name Arya Stark. Everything that happened to her last season, from the minute she left Littlefinger, was supposed to happen to Jeyne Poole. This means that going into season 6, Sansa’s story is going to be even more of a departure from the unwritten books than everybody else is, and that it’ll be harder to figure out where Sansa’s going in both stories. Not only did it sent Sansa on a different path, it completely changed Brienne and Jaime’s stories as well.Upon re-watching season 5, I think her story is going to involve Littlefinger in some way, and he’s going to come back into her life during this season. No matter how twisted it is, he genuinely loves Sansa, and isn’t going to be happy about the Boltons mistreating her, let alone putting her in the horrible positions she’s been put in over the course of season five. This is the guy who set the entire story of the show in motion, so if anyone can make sure the Boltons pay, it’s him.
5. Where does Melisandre fit in?
What is the fate of the Baratheon family? Even if Melisandre resurrects Jon (and there’s still a good chance that that’s an erroneous assumption), we don’t know what’s going to happen to her after the events of season. Clearly, she could not have been more wrong about Stannis Baratheon being Azor Ahai, but we don’t know what that means for her come season 6. Will she go looking for another Azor Ahai? Is that the reason she resurrects Jon? If she doesn’t resurrect him, what’s going to be next for her?
She also couldn’t have been more wrong about pushing him to sacrifice his beloved daughter, Shireen Baratheon, not only because burning adorable children is wrong, but because Shireen was the last legitimate Baratheon heir. Tommen and Myrcella obviously aren’t real Baratheons. With the death of Stannis, there aren’t any more legitimate Baratheons. Sure, Tommen carries the Baratheon name, and Gendry’s still wandering the countryside somewhere, but the Baratheon family is pretty much dead now. We’ll have to see what that means for Westeros this season.
4. What’s going to happen to everyone who went to Dorne?
The Dorne storyline of season five went down really differently in the books. For one, Jaime Lannister wasn’t supposed to be there, he was supposed to be somewhere else entirely, dealing with Catelyn Stark’s family. For another, Myrcella Baratheon didn’t die. Sure, she got her ear cut off, but she didn’t die.
That being said, everyone in King’s Landing is going to have to deal with the fallout from Myrcella’s untimely death. Since everyone was so focused on her death, everyone forgot an even bigger detail: Trystane Martell is now a hostage of the Lannisters, much like Myrcella was a hostage of the Martells seasons ago. The Martells might have had problems hurting little girls, but the Lannisters certainly don’t, especially if one of them had a hand in the death of Cersei’s beloved daughter, like Ellaria Sand did. That’s going to be a very interesting thing to watch, especially since this story went far beyond the books, and we have no idea what’s going to happen next.
3. What’s the deal with the Greyjoys?
The Greyjoys are coming to Game of Thrones season 6, which is a pleasant surprise. They were taken all the way out of season 5, probably because there was already a lot going on. However, they’re coming back this season, making theirs the only storyline that has the already released books to work off of. That’s going to be great for all of those smug book fans out there.
Thankfully, because the Greyjoy family, apart from Theon and Yara, hasn’t been seen yet, we don’t have to theorize all that much, because we’ve got a whole book to work with. However, we never know with this show, so this question is also worth bringing up.
2. What’s going on with Team Meereen?
We know where Daenerys is, with a Dothraki horde, alone with only a tired Drogon for company. She’s in a good deal of trouble at the moment, but we know what Dothraki are all about since we’ve seen them in season one, so as much as we want to know what Daenerys is going to be dealing with this season, what she is dealing with isn’t as much of a mystery as any of the other stuff. What is a mystery, however, is what the rest of her team is going to be doing next season. Tyrion hasn’t met Daenerys yet in the books, and Jorah and Daario are nowhere near setting off together to find her. That means that team Meereen is also in uncharted territory.
Jorah and Daario, two men very much in love with their queen, are about to roll out of Meereen looking for her, leaving Missandei and Grey Worm behind. However, Jorah’s got a secret: greyscale. Sure, Shireen lived through it, but living through greyscale is rare as a child. Adults fare far worse, and if the Stone Men are any indication, Jorah has a world of pain coming his way. On top of that, after contracting the disease, he went running around through fighting pits, and now Daario will be around him for awhile. Who knows who he could spread it to while he’s out there in the world, too.
Tyrion has found himself leading a city for someone else once again. He’s very much in his element, and he’s come a very long way since strangling Shae and shooting his father back in season four. However, although he’s not dealing with crazy Joffrey anymore, he is dealing with a city that’s on the brink of a civil war between classes, and he has to figure out how to stop that from happening when Daenerys couldn’t. He also might have to deal with the two dragons in the basement at some point, without Daenerys to help. We’re definitely going to find out Sunday, that’s for sure.
1. Who are the three heads on the three headed dragon?
The show hasn’t gotten into the three dragon heads proper just yet, but the books have a pretty important passage about it. It’s when Daenerys is walking through the Houses of the Undying. Westeros.org had a good synopsis of it:
The fifth room, finally, shows a man very much alike her brother Viserys, except that he is taller and has eyes of dark indigo rather than lilac. He is speaking to a woman who is nursing a newborn babe, telling her that the child’s name should be Aegon and saying that “What better name for a king?”. The woman asks him if he will make a song for the child, and he replies that he has a song and that “He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire.”. He appears to look at Dany then, as if seeing her, and then he adds that “There must be one more,” and “The dragon has three heads.”.
Westeros.org had a few ideas as to who the three heads could be, but it’s most likely that the three dragon heads are Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister. The show has been setting up for this revelation all through last season. Daenerys is alone with her dragon, against insurmountable odds, Tyrion has been left to rule a foreign city on his own with the other two dragons in his basement, and Jon Snow is dead, meaning that he has to be burned to prevent him from becoming a white walker. All three were born of blood, and all three have the seeds of greatness.
Then again, all of that could be wrong, and someone else could very well take up that title. We’ll just have to wait for season six to premiere this Sunday to find out!