Game of Thrones Season 6 is shaping up to be pretty damn exciting, right?
Not only is the young Ned Stark (Sebastian Croft) set to appear, one of the last remaining Stark children Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is returning and Pilou Asbæk is joining the cast as Theon's enigmatically terrifying uncle Euron "Crow's Eye" Greyjoy. Additionally we might be getting another Red Priestess and possibly even seeing Shae (Sibel Kekilli) returning in flashbacks.
As if all that wasn't enough, it looks like yet another character is set to make an encore appearance in Game of Thrones Season 6 next year, this time in the form of none other than Brynden Tully a.k.a The Blackfish (as portrayed by Clive Russell).
First appearing in the third season, you may remember the Blackfish as the uncle of the now deceased Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) and the younger brother of the (also deceased) Lord of Riverrun Hoster Tully (Christopher Newman). We first saw him during Lord Tully's funeral, where he got frustrated at Catelyn's younger brother Edmure Tully (Tobias Menzies) for his inability to shoot the flaming arrow at the funeral boat.
Shown to be close and supportive of Catelyn following the death of her father and the sack of Winterfell, at which time her sons Bran and Rickon (Art Parkinson) are missing, presumed dead, he was last seen prior to the events of the Red Wedding. Stepping outside for a bathroom break, he misses the massacre that leads to the death of Robb Stark (Richard Madden), Robb's wife Talisa (Oona Chaplin) and mother Catelyn.
A skilled warrior, when Brynden's body isn't found in the wedding aftermath, Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton) speculates with concern that he must've fought through and escaped the Twins. As if all that wasn't badass enough, the Blackfish also gave us one of the best quotes about Walder Frey (David Bradley): "I've seen wet shits I like better than Walder Frey."
And now, according to reports from Watchers on the Wall, he's back! Russell was reportedly seen filming on set last week in Corbet, Northern Ireland in a scene involving the Blackfish defending an assault and arguing with Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), which certainly fits in with the narrative of the books.
During A Storm of Swords Brynden Tully didn't attend the Red Wedding but rather remained at Riverrun. This is where we find him during A Feast for Crows, Brynden holding Riverrun in the name of the King in the North, even after Robb's death. The Lannisters and Freys set up camp outside Riverrun but are unable to gain access, hoping to starve him out and threatening to hang his nephew Edmure who was taken hostage at the Red Wedding.
Jaime Lannister eventually shows up and tries to treaty with Brynden, but the Blackfish refuses as Jaime won't return the Stark daughters (who, unknown to Brynden, have actually escaped and are missing at this point). Edmure eventually agrees to surrender Riverrun to the Lannisters, but Brynden swims under the portcullis at the Water Gate and escapes down the Red Fork.
Could his reappearance tie in with the speculation about the introduction of Lady Stoneheart? His whereabouts are currently unknown in the books, so what will happen to him in the TV show which is now introducing non-canon elements is anyone's guess, but it's certainly set to be an exciting return for him in Game of Thrones Season 6.
Are you excited for the return of the Blackfish? What else do you want to see from Game of Thrones Season 6? Tell us in the comments below!