"Game of Thrones" Season 6 premieres Sunday on HBO. With a new episode comes speculation about what will happen in the series known for jaw-dropping surprises, deaths and dragons. Only President Barack Obama, the show's actors and crew — along with George R.R. Martin — have actual answers to the many questions fans have had since the "Game of Thrones" Season 5 finale, but here's a guess of what will happen in Season 6.
Jon Snow Will Be Alive Within 15 Minutes (Give Or Take 25 Minutes)
This one is easy with the only question being just how long it takes for Jon Snow (Kit Harington) to come back from the dead. It's likely the "Game of Thrones" Season 6 premiere, "The Red Woman," begins with a few scenes that establish some of the narrative arc that will be addressed in the upcoming episodes. It could involve the aftermath of the Battle of Winterfell or perhaps the reintroduction of Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead). "Game of Thrones" Season 5 started with a Cersei (Lena Headey) flashback, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that the new season starts with a flashback to young Ned Stark at the Tower of Joy cutting to a scene involving Bran and the three-eyed raven beyond the Wall.
Any of the storylines from the "Game of Thrones" Season 5 finale could be quickly explored to start season 6, which will lead to an answer to everyone's favorite question. Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) will likely have to keep the Night's Watch at bay just long enough to let Melisandre (Carice van Houten) perform some red magic that will revive Jon Snow. The best guess is that this happens pretty early on in the episode, but it would be great to see viewers slowly growing impatient until Jon Snow's fate is revealed at the very end of "The Red Woman."
Daenerys Will Arrive In Westeros
Assuming there are only two more seasons after "Game of Thrones" Season 6, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) must cross the Narrow Sea sooner rather than later. It wouldn't make much sense to spend six seasons on her journey to claim the Iron Throne only to rush through the pivotal moment of her arrival, along with three dragons, to Westeros. Daenerys starts the season with the Dothraki, but it's likely she gains their trust enough to become the leader of another massive army. If she's preparing to go to Westeros, that means Daenerys has to return to Meereen for her two dragons and the wise counsel of Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Varys (Conleth Hill), two people who will be vital in easing her transition into King's Landing.
Daenerys' arrival would make for an epic season finale, so fans will have to wait awhile to see how the show handles this important moment.
The Return Of Rickon
Rickon was last seen three seasons ago, so it's anyone's guess where the youngest Stark sibling could be. In the "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels, Rickon was taken by Osha to the island of Skagos. Ser Davos, in an effort to win over the North to Stannis Baratheon's cause, has to retrieve Rickon from the isolated island.
A lot of that will have to be changed for "Game of Thrones" Season 6 because Stannis is dead and Ser Davos is preoccupied with taking care of Jon Snow's corpse. Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) now knows her brothers are not dead, so she can help spearhead an effort to find the lost Stark once she settles in with some northern allies. Elio Garcia, webmaster of the long-running Westeros.org, said he believes Rickon will return in some capacity, but did not give specifics on if he will reunite with his sister, or even Jon Snow. Garcia also made a prediction for Gendry, the illegitimate child of Robert Baratheon last seen in "Game of Thrones" Season 3. "We think it likely that we'll see Rickon. We wonder about Gendry, as well, whether he'll show up. Our guess is no, but no one outside of the production can really say," Garcia told International Business Times.
The Boltons Get What's Coming To Them
The Battle of Winterfell was a rout of Stannis' depleted forces. With this obstacle out of the way, the Boltons remained in power in the North. Ramsay Bolton, everyone's favorite flaying psychopath may not meet the same fate as Stannis or Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones" Season 6, but it's likely his army will not be victorious in the teased Battle of the North. "Winterfell will no longer be in the hands of the Boltons," said Garcia. Based on set photos, Jon Snow could be playing a role in eliminating the House Bolton from the ancestral stronghold of House Stark.
And The Wall Came Crumbling Down
The Night's Watch is in shambles, Jon Snow is (temporarily) dead and most of Westeros believes the White Walkers are just a myth. All of that will spell disaster for the one thing that's preventing an undead invasion. Trailers have revealed the Night's King in front of a massive, nearly impossible-to-kill, army. The remaining Night's Watch — even if the Wildlings decide to stick around instead of following Jon Snow — will be completely overwhelmed by this powerful force. "It's also very possible that the season will close with the Wall falling to the White Walkers and their wights," Garcia said.
Those are just a few bold predictions for "Game of Thrones" Season 6. Considering this will be the first season that readers will be spoiled by the show (up until now, the series has closely followed the books), there will be plenty of surprises. If you want some more speculation, Garcia provides a general roadmap of what he expects to see this season. "Lots of shocking deaths is probably the general plan. Cersei's issues with the Faith will probably be sorted out. Arya will surely be on her way back to the Seven Kingdoms as well. Where the Tyrells and the Greyjoys fit into all this is an open question for us — the show could go any number of directions with them," said Garcia.