I said that there may be a third part to this series of my articles, but this will most likely be the final one as well. There are still many things that either happened in the fifth season, or that fans have been theorizing about that I can include here, but I'll try to narrow it down to three or four. If you've been reading my past articles ('What Lies Ahead Pt. 1', 'What Lies Ahead Pt. 2') about this subject then you don't need any more of an introduction, so without further ado here are a few more speculations about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.
What Happened to Sansa and Theon?
By the end of the fifth season, Reek had finally broken himself free of Ramsay Bolton's control and remembered that he was Theon Greyjoy. In his clarity, he not only kills Ramsay's lover, but he also works to help Sansa escape the Bolton-controlled Winterfell. As Ramsay's soldiers return from their battle with Stannis Baratheon, and they begin to close all of the conventional escape routes, Theon and Sansa climb to the top of Winterfell's outer wall, and then they jump off of it.
Though it wasn't greatly explained in the TV series, in the final novel of the Song of Ice and Fire books, it had been snowing for months at Winterfell, therefore leading to feet of snow bordering the capital of the North. As long as the snow is deep enough, Theon and Sansa could easily survive a fall from the wall with a cushion of powder. They've already been revealed to be alive outside of the walls in the next season, but what will they do now that they're cold and alone behind enemy lines?
2. The Outcome of Brienne's Situation
The last we saw of Brienne of Tarth was when she had infiltrated the battlefield of Stannis and Ramsay's armies, and found Stannis near death. It seemed that she had finally achieved her goal of avenging Renly Baratheon, the first king that she had served, killed by Stannis and Melisandre in the second season. The last image that we saw was only that of her swinging her Valyrian steel sword, with the obvious intention of decapitating the fallen king, but we never actually saw contact.
I'm sure we can safely assume that she sliced right through Stannis, but that still leaves her in the same predicament as Theon and Sansa: behind enemy lines and surrounded by Ramsay's troops. However, if the series attempts to follow one of the huge book twists, her situation could lead to her capture, but not by the Boltons. That's where my next point comes in, and this is a very popular theory for the next season.
Mild Spoilers Ahead
The fans of the books already know her true identity as Catelyn Stark. In the novels, after the events of the Red Wedding, Catelyn's body is thrown into the river bordering the Freys' stronghold. After floating downstream, her body's found by none other than Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr.
Thoros, with the powers of resurrection that the Lord of Light, R'hllor, has bestowed upon him, brings Catelyn back to life, but not as her full self. The gaping wound across her throat has also taken away her voice, leaving nothing but faint whispers and guttural sounds that only Thoros seems to understand. She then goes by the name of Lady Stoneheart, not only to cover up her true name, but as a representation of the shell that's been left in her place: cold and cruel.
Now leading what's left of Dondarrion's rebels, Lady Stoneheart begins a journey of vengeance, as the group finds and executes Frey soldiers and bannermen. In this journey, the group ends up capturing Brienne, and bringing her to face the Lady's judgement. Stoneheart chooses death for Brienne, as penance for never rescuing Sansa and Arya, but that's where the novel ended. To this day, there's been no confirmation that Brienne is killed by the rebels and the Lady that she used to serve.
Brienne's predicament has provided the perfect opportunity to pursue this element of the story. She needs help and could end up trusting the rebels, or could just end up getting captured by them. As a side note, I wouldn't mind Michelle Fairley returning to portray such a different aspect of Catelyn Stark. She wouldn't be the loyal, caring mother that we knew in the first three seasons. She is now a vengeful spirit, hellbent on killing everyone in her path.
Like I said before, this is the final article that I will write for this series. I've gone over so much for the return of Game of Thrones and there's still a lot to speculate over. Be ready for the premiere of the sixth season on April 24 this year! Catch up on the previous seasons or novels while you can! What other stories did I miss that you'd like to see? Check out my first two articles for my other speculations, with links at the top of this page and in my sources!