I'll give Game of Thrones and its show runners some credit. They sure know how to build up to a new season, giving the sense that there is no hope left, just bordering on the point where people might stop watching. There are times in Game of Thrones where you wonder what the point is in coming back, if your favorite characters have just been killed off. Even when there are people left who you like, you're doubtful of how long they will last. One such example of this existential doubt fans are taking into Game of Thrones Season 6 surrounds good old Jon Snow!
The fate of Jon Snow
This is the topic that's been pervading the internet ever since Olly went and sealed the deal on him being my least favorite character on TV in the past decade. The assumed death of Jon Snow was brilliantly executed, and shocked many a viewer, which is incredible, given that avoiding Game of Thrones spoilers is like vowing not to get splashed at Seaworld. People have rapidly been trying to paint silver linings around this event, but I'm more interested in who Game of Thrones will have to focus on now that the linchpin of the fight against the White Walkers might be out of action.
The Ironborn in Game of Thrones Season 6
To fans unfamiliar with the A Song of Ice and Fire books, suggesting that the Ironborn could step up as the heroes of Game of Thrones might sound a little weird, but alas, us book readers still have some material to draw elitism from yet! Based off Scandinavian Seafaring cultures like the Vikings, the Ironborn appear to be one of the least likable factions in the show, bitter to a degree that makes even Joffrey look deserving of the crown. Most stigma towards these guys stems from the actions of Theon Greyjoy in Season 2, but I think he might just about have gotten his comeuppance at this point!
Let's take a look at a few Ironborn who could step up and take the lead in Game of Thrones Season 6!
Yara Greyjoy (named Asha Greyjoy in the books) was built up as one of the most interesting presences on Game of Thrones. Gemma Whelan played her as worryingly ruthless, and had a perchance to lead and rule that separated her from other characters like Brienne. She's also an excellent stand-up comedian I might add. She was one of the coolest forces on Game of Thrones, and then the show threw it all away. She's been all but absent for the past two seasons. In the books, Asha gets caught up in Stannis' siege on Winterfell, but in the show, Yara makes one raid on Moat Cailin, sees the state of Theon, and is like "nah bro that ain't worth it!"
So here's a character that's been relegated only to novel canon. Victarion Greyjoy is Theon and Yara's uncle. He plays a key role in the chapters involving the Kingsmoot after the death of Balon Greyjoy and oh god that entire section of the book is so boring, I can't bring myself to sum it up! Essentially, Victarion wants to rule over the Iron Islands, and is constantly suffering a guilt complex for honor-killing his own wife (like that makes him sympathetic). He's tasked with sailing to Mereen in an attempt to marry Daenerys, and if you don't think that would work out well, spoilers... it doesn't!
And here we get to the character from the books who could make the biggest difference to Game of Thrones if he was allowed to join the show! Another uncle of Theon, Euron Greyjoy is introduced during the Kingsmoot, having spent years sailing, pillaging and adventuring round the world. He's basically like your cousin who's been traveling for a year and thinks they're immediately more interesting than you, so obviously no one likes him. Euron is manipulative, intimidating and crazy, but all in a cool way, because he has a eyepatch obviously! Seriously, he once threw a dragon egg into the sea because he was in a bad mood, and also plans to marry Daenerys, because I guess that's just the trend these days.
What's interesting about Euron is one of the artifacts he brings back from his travels; a great horn called "Dragonbinder", said to control dragons when blown. Imagine if we finally saw Dany's invasion of Westeros, only to be foiled by Euron and his totally hax instrument! It would be the kind of narrative chaos that HBO, DB Weiss and David Benioff work with perfectly! Do you think they would be missing a trick not to include the Ironborn in Game of Thrones Season 6? Write a post about it here on MoviePilot, vote in our poll, or leave a comment below!