Winter is truly here so, as if you need it, here are our top 5 reasons why you need to watch Game of Thrones season 6. Get ready because you’re in the great game now!
Spring may be in the air but Winter is coming! The eagerly anticipated Game of Thrones season 6 is upon us .Here at Reviewed.ie, we could not be more excited. With so much going on, and rumours circulating daily, we could give you a hundred reasons to be excited, but to save you all that reading, we have selected five Reasons to be excited.
Recap coupled with spoilers. The devastating conclusion to Season Five saw the supposed cruel end of Westeros’ true hero Stannis Baratheon, the death of Myrcella Lannister Baratheon, and the Caesarean betrayal of Jon Snow. Daenerys Targaryen evaded assassination in Meereen but has been surrounded by a seemingly hostile Khallassar of Dothraki. Cersei finally found a way out of confinement at the hands of the Faith Militant, but her troubles with them are not yet over.
Meanwhile back north, Sansa Stark/Bolton has escaped her husband Ramsay. All of these events will of course have profound consequences, but so will some you may have forgotten about. Screen time in Game of Thrones is not given idly. Almost all characters have some part to play in the end game.
Things are about to get very interesting indeed. So without further delay, here are our top Five things to look forward to in Game of Thrones Season Six. As we have now almost completely passed the books out, there are not many spoilers left, though that said…SPOILER WARNING, as always, I will drop a few subtle hints of some! That said, we are now in pure speculation mode. Like Melisandre, we are looking into the flames trying our best to glimpse the future.
Right off the bat, we will not apologize if we are wrong or right! One thing is for sure. There will be war in the north as winter is most definitely coming. Killing Jon Snow will have made the Night’s King’s day/month/year.
Like his father before him, Jon was a good man with his heart in the right place, and his eye on the real enemy, but his poor political skills came back to haunt him. The hatred that Ser Alliser and his men have for the wildlings has blinded them. Without Jon’s leadership, they looked doomed.
Speaking of doomed, poor Stannis was doomed as soon as he left the wall. Davos failed to get him the men he desperately needed, and Melisandre failed him period. Still a man of Ser Davos wisdom and a Red priestess of Melisandre’s power are not trifling leftovers. Whatever they decide to do next could have great consequences. That’s not mentioning the thousands of wildlings that have crossed behind the wall and now find themselves without Jon Snow’s protection.
All this said, this will not be the only battle in the North. The Boltons may hold Winterfell but they no longer hold Sansa Stark. The Boltons killed men from every powerful family in the north at the Red Wedding, and The North always remembers. If you recall Osha and Rickon made for Last Hearth, the stronghold of House Umber. We have no reason to believe they did not make it. Rumour has it that Smalljon Umber has been cast. What side is he on though? We also know for sure that Lyanna Mormont has also been cast.
Sansa is not without friends in the north. Assuming she reaches some, she could yet rally the other houses against her dear husband and his father. Her mentor Littlefinger and his army (which he has through Sansa’s cousin Robin Arryn) are already marching north, destination Winterfell. 40,000 experienced troops at the back of the most devious man in Westeros. This will be one hell of a showdown, one way or the other.
You may recall Cersei’s humbling at the hands of the chief Sparrow and the Faith Militant in Season Five. At the end of the season Cersei undertook a walk of shame to return to the Red Keep, until her and Margaery’s trials begin.Cersei was then introduced to the newest member of the Kingsguard, Ser Robert Strong, the unspeaking, undead Gregor Clegane, ‘The Mountain that rides’. You can already see the confidence return to Cersei’s eyes. With Ser Robert as her champion, how can she possibly lose? However things are not so straight forward.
Her frenemies in House Tyrell are not to be underestimated. Margaery and her Grandmother Olenna are not to be underestimated. King Tommen loves his wife and with his sister’s death he is all Cersei has left. Her daughter’s death is likely to unhinge Cersei even more, who knows what she will do when she hears that?
Then there is her plan. A trial by combat represented by ‘Ser Robert ‘is the obvious path she will choose. But who can kill him now that he is undead? Oberyn Martell and his poisoned spear are no more. Who can the High Sparrow find to slay a creature like that? Who is big enough and mad enough to try? Rumour has it there may well be one such man. A changed man. A man with very good reasons to see Ser Gregor Clegane dead once more.
Events may yet conspire to see the show down between the two Clegane brothers(Provided Sandor is not dead). Even if this does not happen, the trial is sure to be memorable.
Without spoiling too much, by this stage it has been released that Theon’s Uncle Euron will be making his debut in Season Six. As you may recall, the Greyjoys are still in open rebellion to the crown, having captured large parts of the north.
Their garrison at Moat Cailin was literally butchered by Ramsay Bolton, and their forces are at breaking point. Over stretched and hopelessly outnumbered by their enemies, things are already looking bleak for house Greyjoy. Led by the reckless King Balon, the Ironborn appear to be meandering toward disaster. With his apparent heir as good as dead, Balon’s position as King must be called into question.
As if things can’t get any worse his brother Euron is about to show up. Euron is Balon’s younger brother. In the book’s his nickname is the Crow’s Eye, and his ship is named ‘Silence’(due to the fact it is crewed by mutes, most of whom had their tongues ripped out by Euron).
Known to dabble in dark magic, Euron is also referred to as the maddest of the Greyjoys. Banished on pain of death from the Iron islands, for crimes against his family, Balon needs Euron like a hole in the head.
But what will Euron be up to? And how will his reappearance effect Balon’s de-facto heir Yara? And what if any role does Theon have left in things? He may have lost his manhood, but he is still a Greyjoy, albeit one very far from home.
The Greyjoy’s naval strength remains as yet undiminished. Make no mistake, they will play a major part in this series, and Euron will prove to be a great addition to things.
Fresh off the Press!! It has been confirmed that Season 6 will see the return of Edmure Tully (Catelyn Stark’s brother who was married at The Red Wedding), his uncle Brynden ‘Blackfish’ Tully, and most intriguingly the Red Priest Thoros of Myr.
If you recall, Edmure Tully was led out of the hall right before the massacre began at The Red Wedding. His Uncle Brynden ‘Blackfish’ Tully(A key strategist in Robb Stark’s army) had popped out to the privy right before the stabbings began.
It was then confirmed by Walder Frey to Roose Bolton that both had survived the Red Wedding (Edmure in his dungeon) and Brynden had escaped . Lord Freydid not see what The Blackfish could possible do, and it will be very interesting indeed to see just what he has got up to. “Family, Duty & Honour” are the Tully’s motto. My bets are that the Blackfish is leading resistance to the Freys in some capacity. When a man has nothing left to lose, fighting seems like the only thing left.
Where things get really interesting, is the confirmation that Thoros will be back. If you recall Thoros was part of the “Brotherhood Without Banners”, the remnants of a force dispatched by Eddard Stark to bring Ser Gregor Clegane to justice back in Season 1. Thoros, if you remember, has the rather remarkable power to bring people back to life, as he has done for the Brotherhood’s leader Lord Beric Dondarrion on more than one occasion. The Brotherhood are outlaws, renowned for their hostility to Lannister and Lannister aligned forces.
It will be interesting to see what they have been up to since we last saw them, and just who is pulling their strings. Remember they handed Gendry over to Mellisandre and made Arya’s list for it. With Stannis out of the game, and their geographic position, who is pulling the strings now? And to what end?? I get the feeling this will be major.
As you may well be aware Season 6 will see the return of Bran Stark (And Hodor!!!). Whilst Bran is going to be a key (if not the key) player in Season 6 events, his presence will give us a link to some important events set before Season 1. It has been confirmed that we will get a glimpse of events in Dorne just after the end of Robert’s rebellion.
Without ruining too much, the scene will be one that has appeared up to a point in the books. It is a memory that haunted Eddard Stark until the day he died. After the Battle of the Trident, Rhaegar Targaryen was dead, the Targaryens overthrown and King’s Landing sacked by the forces of Tywin Lannister.
It transpired that Lyanna Stark, who’s kidnapping by The Crown Prince had triggered the war in the first place was not in King’s Landing. Neither were three of the most dangerous men in Westeros. Three Kingsguard members, the legendary knight, ’The Sword of the Morning’ Ser Arthur Dayne, the massive Gerold ‘The White Bull’ Hightower ,and lastly a distant relation of Eddard Stark’s wife, Ser Oswell Whent.
It transpired that all three had been sent to guard Lyanna Stark at Rhaegar’s favourite bolthole, The Tower of Joy in Dorne. Journeying with six companions Eddard Stark went to find his sister. After an epic showdown with the three knights, and at great cost, Eddard did find his sister.
And she was dying…. Before she died she elicited a promise from him. But what did that entail?? Nobody knows. Perhaps we will finally find out!!!