Game of Thrones is one of the biggest successes in the television production industry. Based on the engaging, best-seller book franchise A Song of Ice and Fire, the HBO adaptation has earned millions of fans and critical praises thanks to its shocking nature and courage to kill off even main characters. The end of its fifth season marked the end of the times when the show was catching up on the books, and it’s very likely that season six is going to feature stories and plots that will be new to readers and viewers alike.
With less than two months left until the newest episodes are going to premiere on the small screen, everyone is coming up with theories about the development of the plot. We did that too, so we wrote a list of 10 Likely Game Of Thrones Season 6 Theories.
Also, reader discretion is advised: this article contains spoilers both for Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire.
Jon Is Resurrected
Killing a fan favorite character, who also happens to be one most clearly distinguished as one of the main characters, is a feat that only a production like Game of Thrones would dare to pull off. They did more than that since they decided to twist the knife in the wrenched hearts of viewers by also making it graphic and unpleasant (like everything else on an HBO show).
Jon Snow is definitely dead, as confirmed by countless cast members, including Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow. But that doesn’t mean that he needs to stay dead. It’s already widely speculated that Ned Stark’s bastard son will make a return, either curtsy of some dark magic conducted by Lady Melissandre, either by roaming the northern forests in the body of his direwolf, Ghost.
The Dragons Are Controlled
Daenerys’ dragons have clearly become a growing problem. Literally. As their size increases, their patience and obedience decrease, making them too wild even for the Mother of Dragons to tame. However, they are slowly turning into the unstoppable forces of nature that they are meant to be, something that many people are going to be looking for.
In the books, Euron Greyjoy, the new Lord of the Iron Islands, gifts his brother, Victarion, a horn called Dragonbinder. The name is already a dead giveaway for the fact that it’s allegedly able to bend the will of dragons. Whether it will be through a magical horn or Daenerys’ blood, these dragons are definitely going to submit to someone and rage war on Westeros.
Tyrion Rules Meereen
Everyone’s favorite Lannister has been through a rollercoaster of storylines and emotions throughout the series. With Daenerys having literally flown into the sunset on Drogon’s back, Tyrion and Varys are left in charge of Meereen, which might prove to be a difficult task.
In the books, this role is entrusted to Ser Barristan, who has to face an army of Yunkai sellswords stationed at the gates of Meereen. They wish to see Daenerys surrender, so the slave trade can return to Slaver’s Bay. There are many things that Ser Barristan needs to defend the city against, plague included, and it’s very possible that Tyrion might face the same ordeals.
The Dornish storyline might bloom in season six, all thanks to certain events that take part in A Feast for Crows. Doran reveals to his daughter, Arianne, that he wishes to set a Targaryen on the Iron Throne, something he could accomplish by wedding her to Viserys. Given that Viserys isn’t exactly doing well, this only leaves the option of aiming for a union between one of his sons, Quentin, and Daenerys.
Despite neither Arianne nor Quentin having made appearances on the show, the possibility of Doran wishing for an alliance with Daenerys is not unlikely.
As Sam and Gilly are traveling towards Oldtown for Sam’s Maester training, they stop in his hometown, Horn Hill. It’s already pretty much a sure thing that his father is going to make an onscreen appearance, but it’s very likely we’ll get to see his mother and siblings too.
The Greyjoys Reappear
The Iron Islands ruling house has disappeared from the show’s radars during season five, but that definitely didn’t mark the end of their storyline. A casting breakdown has let us know that at least one of Balon Greyjoy’s brothers is set to make an onscreen debut during season six. However, the different routes the show makers have taken with the direction of the adaptation will make it difficult for the Ironborn to be part of any book canon story arcs.
Jaime & Brienne Rekindle
A surprising, fan favorite partnership, indeed. If on the show, Jaime travels to Dorne to bring Myrcella back, in the books he is asked by Cersei to remove the Freys from the ruler seat of Riverrun. While there, he is approached by Brienne, who demands of him to help her rescue one of the Stark girls from the dangerous grasp of The Hound.
Since we’ve mentioned Brienne, let’s talk about the direction her character could be taking in the sixth season. It’s pretty clear that she will be continuing her quest to locate Lady Catelyn’s daughters, but it’s also very likely that she will encounter a cast of characters she and Podrick come across on their journey, in A Feast for Crows.
It’s been ages since we’ve last heard of the youngest Stark child, so it’s very likely that he will reappear during season six. While he doesn’t make an official appearance in the books, Rickon plays an important part in Ser Davos’ attempts to secure an alliance with House Mandery for Stannis’ army. If Davos brings Rickon to Wyman Manderly, the deal is made. Stannis definitely doesn’t need an army from his grave, but Rickon’s inheritance and blood make him desirable to many characters.
Here’s another Stark that we haven’t heard from during season five. Unlike Rickon, we know what’s going on with Bran, and he is confirmed to return to the show. The last we saw of him, he was on a personal journey meant to help him understand his powers as a warg and seer. We understand that the training per se wasn’t enough of a thrilling experience to make the cut during an episode. But we reckon one season was enough training, and it’s time for him to make a comeback and finally leave his mark on the conflict that’s tearing Westeros apart.
A theory is a theory. Obviously, some of the entries on this list are more likely than others, but it will be a fun experience to try and see if any of them will come true. Trying to predict something in the chaotic and, well, unpredictable world of Game of Thrones is essentially futile, but we have faith in the 10 Likely Game Of Thrones Season 6 Theories.