Season 6 of Game of Thrones is right around the corner, and I can hardly contain my excitement any longer. I’m excited for every single facet of the upcoming season, but I’ve narrowed down the five characters/storylines I’m most looking forward to in season 6.
- Davos Seaworth
Davos and Stannis were a lot like a couple in an abusive relationship. Now with Stannis dead, it’s thrilling to think about what direction he will take next. For Davos, the death of Stannis is devastating (the death of Shireen even more so), the path ahead surely terrifying but also a bit thrilling. So much of Davos’s identity has been wrapped up in Stannis. I’m stoked to see what kind of person Davos becomes without Stannis in his life. I’ve always really enjoyed his character. He’s one of the few practical, truly loyal and genuinely decent individuals in the story, and I was always a bit frustrated that such a stellar individual was dedicated to a self-righteous person like Stannis. With inevitable chaos about to explode at Castle Black (more on that later), Davos may be the only person there who can make things right. The trailer makes it look like Davos has aligned himself with what Jon Snow values and may even be working to help bring him back to life. Why else would he be defending Jon’s corpse? Free of Stannis, grief-stricken with what happened to Shireen, an alliance possibly forming between Davos and Melisandre as they work to bring Jon back to life and bring justice to Castle Black and perhaps the whole North . . . the character and storyline of Davos Seaworth may be what I’m looking forward to most in this upcoming season.
- Bran Stark and the Night’s King
What has Bran learned from the Three-Eyed Raven since we saw him last? The boy who was once one of the most prominent characters in the show faded farther and farther from the core storylines until he became totally absent in season 5. Now it’s time to reunite with Bran and see how far he’s come, how much his powers have grown, and see those powers weave into the core storylines in major ways. Add in the scene from the trailer where he comes face to face with the Night’s King (leader of the White Walkers) in a vision, and the anticipation just cannot be contained. Bran seems like he’s going to be integral to learning more about the Night’s King and the White Walkers. He may end up being the key to defeating them and saving Westeros. It’s absolutely time to reunite with a more powerful and more mature Bran, and to learn a lot more about the ultimate evil: the Night’s King and the White Walkers.
- Team Daenerys
There’s no better group of individuals left in this story other than what I like to call Team Daenerys. There’s Dany herself of course. There are her longtime allies Jorah and Missandei and Grey Worm and Daario. Add in newcomers to her cause but old, familiar faces to us in Tyrion and Varys, and you have assembled the Avengers of the Game of Thrones universe. Maybe that’s a stretch, but you can’t deny what an awesome and unique group this is. I can’t wait to see how Daenerys deals with the Dothraki. Though there will be many initial struggles, I feel confident she will completely win them over and they’ll end up being loyal followers who help her in her quest to finally crack the nut that is Slaver’s Bay and put Daenerys on the Iron Throne in Westeros. She has a long way to go before any of that happens, though. And I can’t wait to see Tyrion and Varys and Missandei and Grey Worm working together to rule Meereen in the name of Daenerys. What an eclectic, fascinating and very capable group. Seeing Tyrion and Varys back at the heart of the political game will be satisfying to see, especially after their lengthy stints of being imprisoned or traveling. I expect them to once and for all solve the quandary of the Sons of the Harpy and unmask their leader(s). When all the individuals of Team Daenerys come together (assuming they all live up until that point), it will be for many Thrones fans like when the Avengers first came together.
- Sansa Stark coming into her own
While many characters constantly get screwed over on this show, none seem to get it worse than Sansa. She had the misfortune of being engaged or wedded to the two most despicable characters in the whole Game of Thrones universe: Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton. Whether it’s been the Lannisters, Littlefinger, or the Boltons, Sansa has been abused ever since the Lannisters seized control of the Iron Throne in season 1. Now that she and Theon/Reek are at last free of Ramsay’s clutches, I’m pumped to see Sansa finally come into her own this season and take control of her life. While she’s been abused, she’s also learned how to survive and navigate a variety of political and life-threatening situations. She’s learned how to play the game of thrones from all her abusers and in seasons 4 and 5 she began to play the game a bit. Now it’s time for her to take what she learned from Cersei and Littlefinger and Roose Bolton, and also what she learned from her Stark family, thereby using her knowledge and her skills to become a full-fledged player. I want to see Sansa become one of the most powerful players in the game of thrones, and I believe she not only has what it takes, but now that she’s free the circumstances may align just right to make that a reality. I just really hope that Ramsay doesn’t catch her and Theon/Reek.
- Jon Snow’s fate and the fallout at Castle Black
Jon Snow is clearly dead. The question is whether he’s staying dead or if he’ll somehow come back to life. While I understand that Alliser Thorne and Olly and others in the Night’s Watch killed Jon because they saw him as a traitor, I really don’t think they thought through the consequences. There are hundreds of wildlings at Castle Black who relied on Jon’s word and only came to this side of the Wall because of his promise. Again, there are hundreds of wildlings there, and that includes the formidable Tormund Giantsbane and a freaking giant. Add in Jon’s direwolf Ghost, Davos and Melisandre who are going to stand up for what Jon believed in, and remaining loyalists to Jon in the Night’s Watch. Jon was the one person keeping balance and a tenuous peace between all these parties. With him dead, shit is going to hit the fan. With what Alliser Thorne and Olly and company are up against, I see no way in which they can triumph. They’ll try to strike hard and fast, taking their foes by surprise. I look forward to seeing them fail and pay for their treacherous betrayal. That we see Tormund and other wildlings fighting a Bolton army in the trailers adds further validity to this prediction.