HBO has released three trailers so far for Game of Thrones season 6, plus some featurettes and promos for three different houses. That's a lot to draw from and make predictions of what to expect for this season, mainly because with each trailer released there is new footage added. So what will this season bring when it premieres this Sunday?
The previous 5 seasons of Game of Thrones were based off George R. R. Martin's series of books (A Song of Ice and Fire), but this next installment doesn't have a book to follow. Since the author has delayed the release of 'Winds of Winter', the showrunners were left to explore Martin's universe on their own. This makes Game of Thrones's season 6 somewhat unpredictable, even with George producing the show.
I've compiled the most anticipated moments for this season shown in the trailers, to give you an idea of just how much awesomeness Game of Thrones will bring to the screen this year. Since this is not an in-depth review of the trailers, there will be some minor moments not commented, but listed in the end.
Here we go! Oh, and be careful for spoilers!
Bran will finally fly!
Not literally though, sorry.
He'll continue to depend on Hodor to move about, but his mind will travel through time quite a few times. And not only to the past, might I add. He'll get the chance to see his father again - albeit a lot younger - when he goes to the Tower of Joy and he'll also have a one-on-one moment with the Night's King.
When we last saw Bran - back in season 4 - he'd found the Three-Eyed Raven, with his body fused with a weirwood tree. He told Bran he would never walk again, but that he would fly. Judging by the trailers, the Raven has taught Bran a whole lot - possibly during his absence from season 5 - though I doubt we'll get to see any of such training. We will, however, have a more powerful Bran, one who's getting ready to take over as Greenseer.
There's also some footage of Bran and the Raven back in Winterfell, though it didn't make it to the trailers. They're watching young Rob Stark parring with also young Jon Snow, however since the pictures are all there are about this sequence, it's pretty hard to predict what's about.
Ned, Lyanna and the Tower of Joy
For those of you who don't know what the Tower is, here's a brief explanation:
Lyanna Stark, who had been promised to Robert Baratheon, was supposedly kidnapped by Raeghar Targaryen. Prince Raeghar fell in love with Eddard Stark's sister and took her away to the Tower of Joy, guarded by Targaryen kingsguards. That's pretty much all you need to know - and all I can tell you without spoiling anything - but if you really want to know what happened, click the spoiler ahead.
Some say that Lyanna actually ran away with Raeghar because she loved him as well, and that she bore him a child. After the rebellion and after Robert Baratheon became king, Ned Stark went in search of his sister and found her in the Tower. He found her in a bed of blood, possibly due to childbirth. Ned took his sister's body and the child back with him to Winterfell. Hence why some believe R+L=J.
In the trailers, we see Targaryen men fighting Winterfell soldiers, one of which looks like Eddard Stark himself - a younger version of him anyways. In the background, there are hints of a Tower as well, so maybe through a flashback from Bran we might get to know what really happened to Lyanna Stark, and discover the truth about another major character while we're at it. This flashback also explains why we see Ned Stark's face in the House of Black and White teaser.
Sansa Stark, Queen of the North?
There are a lot of key players involved in this, many banners flying around and even a couple of flayed men, courtesy no doubt of the Boltons. Sansa and Theon escaped Winterfell last season and, if they're smart, they'll be going further north to gather support. The North clearly remembers, and the Stark loyalists will come into battle with Sansa, at least some of them.
Enter Brienne to the rescue, when Bolton men catch up with Sansa and Theon. Though Theon hardly appears outside of this sequence in the trailers, Sansa makes it out just fine. This seems to be the season will get more of Sansa, and a better version of her as well. She's wearing the Stark sigil and she's looking really tough in her winter attire. There's also a chance that she'll be a lot darker, as her character might be fused with some characteristics of Lady Stoneheart.
Catelyn Stark died in the Red Wedding on the TV series, but in the books, she made it out. Well, not quite. She was reanimated three days after the Red Wedding by Lord Dondarrion, becoming the dark Lady Stoneheart. She then procedes to annihilate the Lannister forces that lay siege at the Riverlands.
One of the people who will be helping Sansa seems to be Sir Davos, the Onion Knight. In the Red Band Trailer, we see a frame of Sansa, looking poised and well dressed, with nothing more than a chandelier behind her as a hint. But in the third trailer, we see Sir Davos in a pretty similar environment, only now we see a Mormont sigil behind him, meaning they'll be summoning up the Lords of the North together.
This leads to some speculation about Jon Snow, since Sir Davos is seen guarding Jon's body in Castle Black, in the first trailer. Considering Davos eventually goes south of the wall, we're left to wonder what actually happened to Jon.
Jon Snow is gone. Or is he?
After that cliffhanger last season, I've nearly exhausted my theories on Jon Snow's fate - I even made a post here on MP exclusively on it - but one thing must be mentioned. With the premiere being named 'The Red Woman', it makes us wonder what part Melissandre will have in Jon's future, or if there's even a future for him. Some even say Jon and Ramsey will be huge characters in the Battle of The North, when a resuscitated Jon leads the Wildlings into battle against the Boltons.
I'm betting we'll get Jon Snow reborn as Jon Stark before this season ends. Yes, that's right. I said Jon Stark! Since he died for a fact, Jon is now relived of his oath as Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, which might lead him to Sansa's aid and the infamous Battle. Though I think it's highly unlikely that we'll get it any time soon.
Daenerys becomes khaleesi again
She's been through a lot, but nothing seems to break Daenerys' spirit. Something tells me, Karl Jhaqo won't be able to either. In one of the scenes from the second trailer, she's being prepared, just like she was when she married Drogo back in season 1. That may be the solution for her. Going back to her brother's original plan and marrying a Khal to get control over his fighters wasn't a bad deal to begin with, though Drogo seemed much more appeasable than Jhaqo does.
On the other hand, back then, she didn't have her dragons to back her up. True that she left two of them imprisioned in Meereen and the third one is flying off radar right now, but they still have a part to play. Drogon is flying over Daenerys people, possibly watching over his mother, and Tyrion will release the dragons back in Meereen. And no, Tyrion will not be set afire by the dragon in the trailer. There's more to Tyrion and dragons than the show has led on so far. Maybe this is the season we'll get to that...hopefully.
Is another Long Night coming?
Well...no. Possibly not.
First of all, what is the Long Night?
The Long Night happened over 8.000 years ago and was a battle between the White Walkers and The First Men, aided by the Children of the Forest. South the White Walkers came and destroyed everything in their path. Legend has it, that also in Essos there was a Long Night, and that a hero called Azor Ahai fought with his sword, Lightbringer, against the Long Night. Some say there shall be yet another Long Night and that Azor Ahai will be reborn to fight for the Dawn once more.
With the show running for at least two more seasons I'd say it's pretty early for that to come. But it will come. And on this season 6 we'll see the beginning of that, with the Night's King army marching further and further south. The producers have said there'll be a White Walker related scene this season that will blow the internet, so many fans have considered that the Wall will fall.
Again, it might be a bit too soon for that to happen in the show's current timeline, but it wouldn't be at all impossible if we saw it through one Bran's visions, a flashforward perhaps. He'll be able to see things that have been, things that are and that will be, hence the chance of a major easter egg in the form of a vision from Bran.
We will however, see the White Walkers cause havoc of some sort, as we have them setting fire to something in the trailers. They're definitely marching south, but not so far south as to join the Battle of the North, I don't think. Who or what are they fighting? We got the Night's King on a dead horse, then it wouldn't be so far-fetched to get another Walker on a pale spider. Right?
And there you have it. The epic moments we're looking forward to this year in Game of Thrones. With 'Winds of Winter' being the title of the next book, it's fair to say this season will be about the North, more than the South. But we'll still get some interesting plots developing south of Winterfell.
*Pyke: There's definitely Euron Greyjoy and a certain bridge featured in the trailers. For those who aren't book readers, let me tell you, this will be a major event for the Greyjoys.
*Riverlands: Lannister bannermen are seen camping in what seems to be the Riverlands, as is Jamie Lannister. Problem is, Brienne and Podrick are also seen in Riverrun, which could possibly lead to some bad blood between the, once before, friends.
*Braavos: Arya is still blind, and will remain so for some time still. In the trailers, she's carrying on with her lessons of how to become one of the Faceless, though she seems rather beaten. But, do not despair Arya lovers, for she is the one doing some parkour in Braavos streets.
*King's Landing: With Cersei "choosing violence", the sky is the limit to what may happen in King's Landing. Myrcella and Joffrey are dead and she needs to rely solely on Tommen as a means to power. King Tommen's wife, Margaery Tyrell is still imprisioned by the Faith, along with her brother. The trailers show a Dourne army facing out the Faith Militants, with no one other than Jamie Lannister on the High Sept steps.
Did I cover everything? Let me know in the comments.