As of March 15th – the day this piece runs – there are 43 days left until the start of season 6 of the mighty epic fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. I’m sure it needs no introduction to the wonderful readers of Some Nerd Girl, as chances are you’ve either come across the HBO show or you’ve devoured the A Song of Ice and Fire books that gave us the phenomenon that’s taken the world by storm.
I am a huge fan of both mediums. The rich, gorgeous world that is weaved within the pages is brought so vividly to life on screen by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, with the author George R. R. Martin also at the helm to make sure his vision is similar to what he has created over the years. The first five seasons were taken from the pages and reworked for television, but season 6 is going to be something different – as it will actually be ahead of the books. GRRM has been taking his time writing the last book of ASOIAF, but he kept his schedule and age in mind and told the showrunners exactly how the story ends.
What does this mean? Every Game of Thrones fan, readers and viewers alike, will be going into the sixth season with no idea of what’s to come. It’s going to be an exciting time – the hype is real. And I’m here to pull the hype train into hype station, as I sit in hype first class with a glass of hype champagne, to throw some glorious hype your way and not be alone in my excitable madness.
WARNING: BELOW THIS, THERE BE SPOILERS. DON’T READ IF YOU’RE NOT UP TO DATE WITH SEASON 5!
I refuse to accept that Jon Snow is dead and gone. He’s most certainly dead, having been shanked to death by his so-called brothers in the Night’s Watch for his loyalty to the Wildlings, but as we’ve already seen in previous seasons death doesn’t necessarily mean the end. And I’m not just talking about the dreaded White Walkers. The Red Priest Thoros, who rocks around with the Brotherhood Without Banners was seen reviving Beric – and as he tells the Red Priestess Melisandre, it’s the sixth time he’s brought the man back from the dead.
Oh yes. Melisandre. Her intentions have always been questionable, with her loyalty to the late Stannis ‘The Mannis’ Baratheon driving him to burn his only daughter alive in the last season – as well as getting him to knock her up with a weird shadow assassin baby – only to seemingly figure that her belief in him was possibly misplaced as his army is defeated by Ramsay Bolton’s men.
Before this, she tries to seduce Jon Snow. Melisandre has always had a thing for those who have ‘King’s blood’ in their veins – and if you believe the R + L = J theory, this might give us some grounding as to what her plans for him might have been. And if she shares the ability to raise the dead like Thoros… maybe we can finally see more to her than just a pair of boobs who sometimes does magic things.
(I really hope that Jon Snow is brought back from the dead, because if he’s not my six months pregnant cousin/best friend will go postal – and there’s not enough Greggs steak bakes in the world to placate that kind of rage…)
Arya is now blind after disobeying the rules given to her in the House of Black and White by going rogue and slaying the disgusting Meryn Trant. Yet, it seems she will continue to train under the Faceless Men to become an assassin. Will she become the badass that finally gets revenge for the brutal murders of her family members? I hope so. I also want to see where her direwolf has got to.
Sansa ‘Stark’ Bolton has escaped her captivity in Winterfell thanks to the help of Theon ‘Reek’ Greyjoy after killing her husband Ramsay’s lover/partner-in-sadism Miranda. Pictures from the latest season show that they both survived their huge jump from the keep’s walls, but there seems to be another theory that’s sending everyone into a frenzy. It looks like Sansa has a very small bump, and considering how many times Ramsay defiled her… could she be carrying his child? What ramifications will that have for her? Will Reek become Theon again?
What else is going on? Well, Daenerys Targaryen has been surrounded by a horde of Dothraki, which may not work out well for her. Tyrion Lannister seems to have been left in charge of Meereen in her absence with Varys by his side. Jaime Lannister was supposed to be returning to King’s Landing with his niece/daughter Myrcella Baratheon. She revealed she knew about him being her father and was even happy about it! Well, until she died. It seems as if she was poisoned by Oberyn Martell’s concubine Ellaria Sand as a form of revenge for the death of her lover. I’m sure Cersei Lannister will be devastated at the tragic loss of another child, leaving King Tommen Baratheon as her only surviving child – she’s bound to become even more protective of the boy than she was before.
Margaery Tyrell is still locked up. Religious nuts are still ruling the capital. There’s the case of that big bloke who used to be the Mountain but is now some sort of beefy zombie. Still no sign of Lady Stoneheart much to most fan’s dismay. Bran and Hodor were missing from last season, but they’re both due to return. Where’s Petyr Baelish? He might be a creep but he’s a sexy Irish creep. And worst still, BENJEN STARK IS STILL MISSING BEYOND THE WALL.
(Oh and then there’s the whole White Walker hoard making it’s way south, which I’m sure is more important than any of the characters realise at this point… I’m sure Tormund Giantsbane can take care of it by himself though.)
I’m sure there’s loads of stuff I’ve missed. But the hype is real. Are you as excited/illegible as I am about season 6 of Game of Thrones? Have you got any theories you want to share? Please share them with me in the comments!
JON SNOW, ALWAYS AND FOREVER.
Game of Thrones returns April 24th – prepare yourselves…
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Claire is a foul-mouthed British twenty-something who spends most of her time pretending to be an adult. Her nerd status started from an early age with her dad’s love of sci-fi and developed through a love of gaming, reading and horror. As well as volunteering for a charity, Claire writes about her life with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and mental health over at her blog, as well as tweeting nonsense over as @MouthAndSpoons. The dream is to either make it as a successful writer, or go into mental health research. She lives at home with her equally nerdy husband, their dog Lady, cat Pip and a lot of fish.