Settle in everyone, for this article is dark and full of spoilers. “Game of Thrones” season six premieres on HBO April 24 at 9 p.m. and if you think you’re hyped, think again because no one is as ready, or as “GoT” crazy, as I am. Sure, I was ridiculed during this long wait. “You’ve got to stop saying ‘…and now his watch is ended’ at funerals,” they said. “You have got to stop attending random funerals,” they said. Well, now the time has come for answers, the most important being: is his watch truly ended?
If you have no idea what I am talking about, you are not worthy of reading this article, so you can leave and return after you have binge watched all five seasons of “GoT.” (By the way, if you start thinking in Jon Snow’s voice around season three, it’s completely normal… It happened to a friend of mine.)
Done? Good. Season five ended with the “death” of Jon Snow by mutiny. That’s right, Lord Commander Snow was repeatedly stabbed by his own men of the Nights’ Watch. After events like the Red Wedding and Tyrion’s heartbreaking trial by combat, “Game of Thrones” fans are used to witnessing a little gore and pain. Although this scene was tame in comparison, it still managed to slip a knife into the hearts of over eight million viewers.
Now as you can expect, the whole cast has been grilled on whether Jon Snow lives on or not. Many, like Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister), and Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos) insist that Jon Snow is dead. Others, however, have been evasive and suggest that he may be alive. Alfie Allen, who plays Theon Greyjo /(Reek), said “He lives on—Not physically.” What do you mean, Alfie?! Ghost Jon Snow? The only one I want coming back as a ghost is Catelyn Stark as Lady Stoneheart to lay waste to the Lannisters in King’s Landing. Nerd rant over. Fans are particularly antsy after pictures were leaked of actor Kit Harrington (Snow) on set wearing Stark armor. While, Jon Snow’s storyline is the most anticipated part of season six, there were many strings left untied at the end of season five that will change the course of the entire “Game of Thrones” universe.
Daenerys Targaryen had just taken control of the slave city of Meereen, freeing the slaves and ruling with the help of her army of Unsullied soldiers. The slave-owning families rebelled against her with their cutthroat insurgency group, the Sons of the Harpy. They attacked her in broad daylight in the fighting pits, and she escaped narrowly on the back of her most troublesome dragon-child, Drogon. She was found by a Dothraki Khalasar soon after her escape, leaving audiences to wonder how she, a former Khaleesi will be treated. The trailers for this season hint towards a hostile treatment, as the new Khal referred to her as a “Queen of Nothing.”
Speaking of Queens of Nothing, Cersei Lannister, at the end of season five, had just been marched through Kings’ Landing, naked, while being heckled and nearly attacked by her people. The capital has been taken over by a radical religious group, The Sparrows, who have demanded that Cersei atone for her sin. That’s right, just one (for now). And it was committing adultery with her cousin, Lancel Lannister. I wonder what they’d do if it was her brother…
…Who is sailing back to King’s Landing from Dorne with his daughter-niece who had just been killed for vengeance against the Lannisters for the death of Oberyn Martell, aka The Viper, aka The Idiot That Got His Head Smashed Like A Melon By The Mountain…
…Who is now some kind of Frankenstein knight? Back at King’s Landing, The Mountain was being experimented on by the disgraced former Maester, Qyburn. After Tyrion’s trial by combat, the Mountain was left badly wounded and most likely dead, until Qyburn proposed that work could be done on him. I suspect that The Mountain will play a large part in Cersei’s revenge on The Sparrows, and honestly on everyone she hates (so everyone).
The Stark Sisters, Sansa and Arya, had a rough season to say the least. Sansa was forced to marry the psychotic Ramsay Bolton to secure the North for their family. In what was the worst episode of season five, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”, Sansa marries Ramsay and is raped by him in front of Theon. Luckily, Theon and Sansa escape the Boltons and hopefully Sansa can finally get the revenge she deserves in season six. Arya continues her training at the House of Black and White to become a Faceless Man. After stealing from the Hall of Faces to kill Meryn Trant, she is blinded as punishment. Her yearning for vengeance for her family is in conflict with the path she is on towards becoming a Faceless Man, and I believe that season six will reveal which she is willing to give up.
These are just a few of the plotlines to be continued this season, and sadly, I’m sure that this Sunday’s episode cannot touch upon them all. For all of you Game of Thrones fans, I encourage you to re-watch the loaded season five finale to brush up, and the rest of you… I don’t know why you read this far. Have a happy Thrones-day!