While every man and his direwolf speculates about whether — or, more precisely, how — Jon Snow will be resurrected in Game of Thrones, another long-dead character could be about to make a vengeful comeback courtesy of the Lord of Light.
Before we go on, there are fairly significant SPOILERS for Season 6 ahead, so if you don't want to know what's coming you should probably duck out now.
Ready? Let's do this.
According to Watchers on the Wall, Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) is back in the great game this year, having last been seen in Season 3 when a stunned Melisandre witnessed him channeling the Lord of Light to revive the Brotherhood Without Banners' leader Beric for the fifth time.
Since then, the show has taken a detour away from the Riverlands, and neither Thoros nor the Brothers have been seen or heard from, but with Brienne and Podrick now descended on Riverrun, it seems appropriate that Thoros should make his presence known again in Westeros.
For anyone who's read the books though, the appearance of Thoros raises one enormous question:
Will we finally meet Lady Stoneheart?
When Catelyn and Robb had their throats slit at the infamous Red Wedding, it wasn't just the leaders of the Stark army who left the game — the moral center of the show was taken away with them. The Starks had been good people. It was brutal.
In the books, the Brotherhood come across the rotting corpse of Catelyn in the waters of the Green Fork, and Beric gives her the kiss of life, sacrificing his own life to revive Lady Stark. Although resurrected, Catelyn's skin is the color of milk, her wounds only partially healed, and she rarely speaks due to her throat being split.
The biggest change is in her personality: Where once she was firm but compassionate, this woman is ruthless to the core. She murders anybody and everybody with any connection to the Freys or the Lannisters. That's why she's called Lady Stoneheart.
Fans of the novels have been waiting for this moment basically since Catelyn was first murdered under the roof of Walder Frey, but you should probably temper your excitement given that there hasn't yet been any word of Michelle Fairley on set.
One popular theory is that Sansa Stark could effectively take over the role of Lady Stoneheart in the books, joining the Brotherhood and taking revenge against the Freys — and the Boltons, naturally.
That said, the new trailers have been hinting at a team-up with Ser Davos Seaworth (who'll have a vengeance mission of his own once he learns of poor Princess Shireen's true fate), so for my money a Lady Stoneheart story arc would be the most satisfying direction for Benioff and Weiss to take in Season 6.
Right now, we only know one thing for sure: between Sansa and Reek, Brienne and Pod, the return of Walder Frey, and the reintroduction of the Brotherhood, some serious blood is guaranteed to be shed in the Riverlands this year.
Game of Thrones Season 6 begins this Sunday, April 24 on HBO. Prepare to join the great game, and tell me —