The long-awaited season six premiere of “Game of Thrones” airs April 24 on the Home Box Office (HBO) television network. The show is based on the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series by George R.R. Martin. This season is particularly unique because several of the plotlines in the show are now at the same place as the most recent book, “A Dance with Dragons.” The next novel, “The Winds of Winter” isn’t set to be published until 2017 so fans are going to see the continuation of character plots before they get to read them. There are several theories surrounding the upcoming plots of many of these characters.
Bran Stark, a young boy who has mysterious powers, was last seen in season four and returns in season six. In the show’s trailer we see him with the white walker Night King. There is a lot of speculation about what this means and what Bran’s future role will be. Some have suggested he will revive Jon Snow, his older half-brother, or warg into him (take over his body) and play a role that way. Others think he might be the one to reveal that Snow is actually the son of deceased Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. Another theory is that he will somehow assist the white walkers in their mysterious mission.
Jon Snow’s final scene in season five was shocking and led to many theories on his future. In the last episode he was left to die after having been stabbed several times by his fellow men of the Night’s Watch. Senior Spanish major Jordan GeRue believes that Snow will be resurrected by the Lady Melisandre and may take his place as a dragon rider by Daenerys Targaryen’s side. Professor of English Dr. Karen Dillon also believes that Lady Melisandre will resurrect Jon Snow. Other theories suggest that he will rise as a white walker and maybe lead their army.
Rickon Stark was last seen heading south with the woman Osha. It is likely that he too will appear in season six. There aren’t many clues about where Rickon and Osha are headed but one strong possibility is that they have headed to The Neck. The Neck is the home of the Crannogmen where Jojen and Meera Reed are from. Their father Howland Reed was Ned Stark’s best friend. Dillon said of him,“I think he’s training Rickon.”
Daenerys Targaryen was left surrounded by a Dothraki army at the end of season five. The big question is whether or not she will be their prisoner or become their leader and add to her army. GeRue said, “Her missing dragons will come out of nowhere and burn the place up, and she’ll learn how to be a dragon rider.” If Daenerys does become a dragon rider, legend has it that she will also have two others to ride with her. GeRue predicts that the other riders will be Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister.
With or without a Dothraki army, fans will be interested to see if she returns to the city of Meereen and what state she will find it in.