Game of Thrones Season Six Predictions

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This week marks the end of the re-watch project and the beginning of an exploration into the unknown. The last four episodes of this season have placed several characters in interesting positions that could spin the whole dynamic of Westeros in new directions. For this particular blog, I would like to take a look at a few of the more popular (/important?) characters and where they are left at the end of season 5 and try my hand at a Maggy the Frog impression and attempt to make a few predictions about season 6...which premieres in just a couple of hours.


Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister is placed in the slightly uncomfortable position of ruling in Daenery's place until Daario Naharis and Ser Jorah Mormont are able to track where Drogon has landed with their beloved Khaleesi. Although the situation in Meereen is chaotic at best, I am convinced that this is the best place and situation in which Tyrion can find himself. He, arguably, possesses one of the best political minds in the seven kingdoms and will undoubtably use this political prowess to make reasonable choices concerning the people in Meereen. Dany often allowed her emotions and strong convictions to sway her away from the best political move (which could have fostered support in gradual change) and toward moves to immediately rectify any problems (often without the foresight of the consequences that these swift actions might produce). Tyrion will likely inspire the citizens of Meereen (both high and low born) to become confident in Dany's ability to rule.


Bran Stark

We know from the previews of the season that Bran will be back in the mix this season. Bran has been underground with the Three-Eyed Raven and the Children of the Forrest since the end of season four. I think that we can assume that Bran has been working to perfect his supernatural abilities. We already know that he was some sort of supernatural exception to the Skinchanger rule since he simultaneously is a greenseer and has the ability to "wear the skin" of other humans. With his advanced abilities, I think that Bran will begin using his abilities to predict the need to control (and subsequently ACTUALLY control) Dany's dragons. After all, the Three-Eyed Raven told him "You'll never walk again, but you will fly."


Jon Snow (Azor Ahai???)

Of course, things are not looking too promising for Dear Jon, but I have said before that I truly believe the R+L=J theory. I predict that Jon will live (or at least be resurrected). I am not 100% sure how this will happen but here are a few thoughts:
  1. Melisandre is at the wall and has had her eye on Jon for some time. Although we have not yet seen Melisandre bring anyone back from the dead, it is within the abilities of a priestesses of the lord of light to do so. We did see Thoros (the red priest with the Brotherhood without Banners) bring back one of his brethren in season three. This is one narrative possibility...
  2. If Jon actually is part Targaryen, it is possible that he will be "burned" and come out of the fire "re-born" much like Daenerys when she hatched her dragons and escaped the flames as "the mother of dragons." Let us not forget what Aemon Targaryan told Jon Snow before his death: "Kill the boy and let the man live." Of course, we are led to believe that this is largely a symbolic message, but I feel that it might be more literal when considering the reemergence of the supernatural throughout the seven kingdoms.
  3. Although the television show has been less explicit, the book makes it pretty clear that Jon Snow is able to warg into his direwolf. In fact, Jon Snow's last word in the book (after being stabbed by his fellow watchmen, is "Ghost." Perhaps Jon will have warged prior to losing human "life" and live on in animal form. I would imagine that Bran would still be able to communicate with Jon somehow through their mutual abilities. 

Another reason I believe Jon will live is that he seems to fit the criteria of the prophecy that predicts the return of Azor Ahai, something that is only glossed over in the show. Azar Ahai is a figure that, in the past, was was able to fight off the Others/Whitewalkers using his sword "Lightbringer." I have long been convinced that Jon's sword, "Longclaw" is actually Azor Ahai's old sword, a feeling that was elevated (for the show version of Jon) after his sword was able to shatter a Whitewalker in much the same way as the dragon glass used by Samwell. If Jon is Azor Ahai reincarnated, his coming into possession of and the show's preoccupation with this sword (regardless of its long history with the Mormonts) makes quite a lot of narrative sense.


All I have left to say is that I am REALLY excited to see what happens tonight when HBO goes off book. I have my GoT shoes on and I am ready to go...#notjoking....#IreallyhaveGoTshoes...

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11 comments

  1. Re: Tyrion. I am starting to get uncomfortable with the fact that I and all the fans seem to be only too willing to forget the fact that Tyrion is a murderer. I don't know if I can say he is of the "cold blooded" variety, but I really didn't think Shae's crime equaled the punishment. Tywin, well.... I bring this up because with new plot developments are we supposed to think Tyrion will have all sorts of empathy for the Meeranese? He's an expatriate now, does he really want to become a roving city manager? But I guess Daenerys needs to get back and find some useful advice from her new adviser.

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    1. I have not so much forgotten that Tyrion has murdered so much as that I could kind of understand it within the context of his experience (if that makes sense). Besides, in this show it is probably a shorter record to keep if one were to list those who have NOT murdered (regardless of motive). I suppose I am a bit less forgiving when it comes to Shae since it is her lie that pretty much sealed Tyrion's fate (i.e. receiving a death sentence). Not only did Shae practically condemn Tyrion to death, she then did the one thing that Tyrion would probably see as even worse in sleeping with his father. I am kind of in the same boat with Tywin. I do not believe that Tywin actually thought Tyrion committed the murder, but he is so ashamed of Tyrion being his son that he plays along as a way to get rid of him. So too with Tywin, he sleeps with the woman Tyrion loves following her betrayal (of Tyrion). I realize of course that Tyrion ultimately requested a trial by combat (which most would argue is what really sealed his fate) but l firmly believe that Tyrion felt that was his last best chance for justice. Even that however, should be questioned since his champion went in with his own motives and did not fight to save Tyrion, but rather to achieve his own revenge for his sister's murder.

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  2. House Lorch, I enjoyed reading your "Season Six Predictions." I am also excited to see what happens with Bran.

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    1. Same! I think the supernatural element that he brings to the table will be played up/explored much more this season.

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  3. An interesting theory about Jon being burned alive and becoming Jon Targaryen. However, I'm wondering how this will resurrect him, or how it will be explained. When Dany walked into the fire, she was still alive when she had the dragon eggs. It would be like a phoenix kind of resurrection, but would still be interesting to see how it was explained. The warg theory with Ghost makes sense, but wondering how Bran would be able to communicate with Jon unless he went to the wall. Overall, I'm curious to see how this plays out moving forward!

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    1. Definitely. With all of the supernatural elements becoming more intense with every passing season, I am definitely not counting anything out. Regarding the communication between Bran and Jon, I was thinking about how Bran was able to communicate with Jojen Reed in through his dreams. Perhaps this is a way that could happen if Jon warned prior to complete death.

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  4. I think Jon is dead and will always be dead as we knew him. If he is reincarnated through someone else I'll have a hard time finding that virtue in him and seeing him as the same character.

    I also get the feeling that the showrunners are going to shy away from doing things "for" the fans. If they start to because fans demand Jon's return, it loses some of that GRRM feel.

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    1. Although I agree to an extent, I think that too much has been made of Jon's parentage to end his story where it is now. I am interested, however, to see what he will be like if/when he is resurrected. I will not deny that there is a real possibility that he will be extremely different than the Jon that we have been invested in through the first five seasons.

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  5. Oooh, I like all your reasonings for Jon coming back. I hadn't heard of the Azar one, so that's very interesting. I like all the bits of foreshadowing you added as well. I mentioned in one of my posts how much foreshadowing I noticed this time around, and there seems to be a ton that points to Jon coming back. Guess we'll have to wait and see!

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    1. I just realized that I forgot one of the possibilities of Jon's return. Admittedly this one is a bit far fetched, but perhaps Arya will use her abilities as a part of the "Faceless Men" and wear Jon's face to assist in some capacity at the wall. This is my least favorite possibility but I think the possibility still exists.

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  6. The re-watch project was great, wasn’t it? I really loved your different theories of how Jon would return. I really like the re-born through fire one. Great Samwell quote. It’s very fitting. YOU MADE THOSE SHOES? They are fantastic! I must buy some!

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