Speculation Abounds For Game Of Thrones Season 6

There’s a little less than a month to go before the premiere of the sixth season of Game Of Thrones, and the rumor mill is swirling with speculation on the details of what’s in store. By the end of the fifth season, fans were left with more than a few questions about their favorite (or most hated) characters, and we have a few ideas of our own on what to expect in the latest return to Westeros.

While this is entirely guesswork and assumption, please bear in mind that this could potentially contain major spoilers for season 6 and will absolutely contain crucial spoilers for season 5. Consider yourselves warned. That being said, if you haven’t seen previous seasons, why are you reading this at all?

The most recent trailer raises just as many questions as it answers, but there’s still some pearls to be taken away for those paying close attention. We have our own guesses as to who lives, who dies and the big things that could change the political landscape of the seven kingdoms as we know it.

Let’s start with the big question on everyone’s minds. What’s the deal with Jon Snow? Despite everything HBO has said and all the hints in the latest trailer that attempt to reinforce that he is in fact dead, fans refuse to accept this for an answer. We all know by now that Jon Snow is literally stabbed in the back, and front, and pretty much everywhere else, by mutinous members of the Night’s Watch at the end of season 5. Early on in the trailer we hear Davos Seaworth saying “He’s gone,” but later on there’s a guy charging into battle with an army that looks an awful lot like Jon Snow from a distance.

Because author George R.R. Martin is taking his sweet time with the next book in the series, The Winds of Winter, this marks the first time that the show is going to pass the books in terms of storyline, meaning that everything is up in the air and anything is possible. We’ll be curious to see if any of these developments will translate to the next episode in Telltale Games‘ popular adventure series based on the show. The second season of the episodic franchise is in development but there’s still no current release date for the next one. The final episode of season 1 came out last November. Thankfully, there’s still the slot-themed title based on the Seven Kingdoms that features our favorite houses to keep us occupied while we wait. Plus, it makes for a great way to pass the time as we wait for the new book.

And it’s looking like this season will have more than just events happening beyond the books. We might be getting our first look at major events that went down before the Baratheons took power. In what could be one of the few flashbacks in the series thus far, it could speak volumes on the current state of Westeros and maybe even Jon Snow’s mysterious parentage. One scene in the trailer shows several leather-clad warriors battling against knights wearing the Targaryen dragon so this might be when the late Ned Stark traveled to Dorne to retrieve his sister, Lyanna Stark.

There’s so much more to learn about including the fate of Arya, if Theon and Sansa survived that fall (it looks like they did) and what’s going to happen to Daenaerys with that new Khalasar. It looks like we’ll just have to wait a little longer to have these questions answered. The premiere of season 6 of Game Of Thrones is set to drop April 8, 2016 on HBO.

 

Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.