Continued From PART 1
6. THE IRONBORN
A rather glaring omission from Game of Thrones season 5 was any mention of Balon Greyjoy, including whether or not he’s still alive and kicking. In the novels, Balon is killed either by Melisandre’s blood magic or one of his brothers – depending on whose story you choose to believe since the act happens off-page. With Balon dead, a kingsmoot is held to elect the new Lord of the Iron Islands, and the field of successors is comprised of Balon’s brothers and his daughter, Yara.
As indicated by that previously mentioned casting breakdown, we know at least one of Balon’s brothers is set to appear in Game of Thrones season 6 (probably Euron), which would imply that the show is going forward with at least part of this storyline from the books.
But with Game of Thrones having already pushed certain characters so far forward, it isn’t clear how the Ironborn fit within the rest of the show’s plot lines. For example: some time after the kingsmoot, Yara is captured by Stannis’ army, but obviously that can no longer happen on the show. So Game of Thrones must, once again, take liberties with their adaptation when the Ironborn are reintroduced.
7. JAIME & BRIENNE REUNITED
In the novels, Jaime doesn’t travel to Dorne to retrieve Myrcella. Instead, Cersei sends him to end the Freys’ siege of Riverrun and return order to the Riverlands. And Game of Thrones could do the same in season 6 seeing as there’s been hardly a mention of Rivverun or House Tully since season 3. But Jaime did just spend an entire season away from King’s Landing, and the show may not be willing to send him off on another adventure so soon – especially with the Lannisters in such a vulnerable position.
However, by the end of A Dance With Dragons Jaime is visited by none other than Brienne of Tarth while he’s still in the Riverlands. She comes to him claiming to have found one of the Stark girls and demanding Jaime accompany her before The Hound kills the girl. The scene comes across as highly suspicious in the book since it doesn’t match the real status of said characters – and is potentially a scheme to do with Lady Stoneheart (a resurrected Catelyn Stark and character cut from the show).
Yet, in season 6 there is a chance that Brienne will have found Sansa, and though we’re meant to believe The Hound is dead, the fact that no one witnesses him actually dying leaves the door for his potential return wide open. Perhaps that wild and seemingly false tale Brienne brings to Jaime turns out to be true – at the very least on the show.
8. BRIENNE’S CONTINUING SEARCH
Speaking of Brienne, as of the season 5 finale she has yet to find any of Lady Catelyn’s children, having only missed Sansa by a few moments. In season 6 her search will continue on, which only makes sense because there was quite a bit of Brienne’s journey was skipped over last season.
During her seemingly endless search in A Feast for Crows, Brienne and Podrick never come across Sansa but instead meet quite the colorful cast of characters: Lord Randyll Tarly, father of Night’s Watchman, Sam; Septon Meribald, a traveling preacher; the Brave Companions, cutthroats who formerly worked for The Mountain; as well as the Brotherhood Without Banners, the company of men led by the oft-resurrected Beric Dondarrion.
When it comes to what she and Podrick will do in season 6, there’s a strong likelihood Game of Thrones will revisit some of that journey from Feast. Of the characters mentioned above, both Tarly and Meribald seem likely to appear as recently released casting breakdowns for season 6 include characters that match their descriptions. But to what end will Brienne’s search take her? Hopefully to a reunion with Sansa before too long, and maybe even Rickon. Otherwise, season 6 will see her story tread over the same territory (in some cases literally) that we already saw for much of season 5.
9. WHERE’S RICKON?
The last time both television viewers and book readers saw Rickon, he was parting ways with Bran under the care of the wildling woman, Osha, heading toward… well, no one really knows where. In the novels, Bran suggests Osha take Rickon to White Harbor, on the show he suggests Last Hearth. Both are seats of Northern houses that were Stark bannermen (House Manderly and Umber, respectively), but whether they’re still loyal to the Starks remains to be seen.
However, in A Dance With Dragons, Ser Davos Seaworth of all people hears rumors of Rickon’s true whereabouts while visiting White Harbor’s Lord Wyman Manderly. He’s there with the intention to win his allegiance to Stannis, but Manderly informs Davos that a young boy of Rickon’s age was seen on the island of Skagos, accompanied by a woman and a direwolf. And before the Lord of White Harbor will swear fealty to Stannis, Manderly asks Davos to return with Rickon, the de facto Lord of Winterfell and true Warden of The North.
On the show, Lord Greatjon Umber could easily stand in for Wyman Manderly, but since Game of Thrones also (seemingly) killed Stannis, Davos won’t need to be securing him additional troops. Will season 6 still see Davos searching for Rickon? Possibly, there are a couple of people who may be interested in Rickon after all. One is Brienne, who may try to fulfill her oath to Lady Catelyn by finding her sons as well as her daughters, and another is Lady Melisandre, who may have need of a relative’s blood were she to resurrect Jon Snow (as some theories suggest she will). Whichever route Game of Thrones goes with, Davos could potentially still play a role in the search. Either way, Rickon is likely turn up sooner than later, and there’s a could chance it’ll be in season 6.
10. BRAN’S RETURN
Going into season 5, the fans were aware that Bran – the last Stark to oversee Winterfell – wouldn’t appear. Benioff viewed it as Bran’s journey being put on hold while the other characters’ narratives caught up, adding that Bran’s training wouldn’t be “particularly cinematic.” When Bran reappears it will be as a fully trained warg and seer, which Benioff suggests will make for a more dramatic reveal.
Now that most of Game of Thrones‘ many plot threads have been brought up to speed with the novels, it only makes sense for Bran to return in season 6. And as for how? Well, one of the last moments readers are with Bran in A Dance With Dragons involves him connecting his consciousness with the Heart Tree at Winterfell. While connected with the weirwood he see visions of the past, including his father and the old Kings of Winter. But it is also implied that he can contact someone in the present through a weirwood tree – while Theon is in Winterfell’s godswood, he thinks he hears Bran’s voice.
Collected And Prepared By Nayab Khan