The "Game of Thrones" Season 6 premiere was shocking in more ways than just Melissandre's stunning transformation at the end of "The Red Woman." Unfortunately, fans may not get as many answers as they want in Episode 2, titled "Home,' considering two major storylines will be reintroduced. Bran Stark makes his return, while the series returns to the Iron Isles to catch up with House Greyjoy.
Bran Stark skipped last season, but it's been two seasons since viewers last caught up with Balon Greyjoy. The head of House Greyjoy hasn't had much to do on the show, but the television version of Balon Greyjoy has survived longer than his "A Song of Ice and Fire" counterpart. Whereas "Game of Thrones" Season 6 is incorporating a few storylines from later novels, Balon Greyjoy died in "A Clash of Kings," the second novel in George R.R. Martin's series.
Based on photos released by HBO, Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) will return after a two-season absence. Yara was last seen retreating from a failed rescue attempt of her brother, Theon Greyjoy, from the Dreadfort. The Greyjoys will be featured prominently in "Game of Thrones" Season 6. It's unclear when Euron Greyjoy, Theon's eldest uncle, will make his debut on the show.
Bran's return in "Home" will be eagerly anticipated by fans. After finding the Three-Eyed Raven (Max Von Sydow), Bran has begun his training with his various magical abilities. Bran is seen very briefly warging in the "Game of Thrones" Season 6, episode 2 preview. Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) will also return in the episode, but Hodor has not been seen in photos or the episode preview.
The "Game of Thrones" Season 6, episode 2 synopsis gives some general information for what to expect in "Home. "Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) trains with the Three-Eyed Raven. In King’s Landing, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman). Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) demands good news, but has to make his own. At Castle Black, the Night’s Watch stands behind Thorne (Owen Teale). Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) proposes a plan, and Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) entertains other proposals," reads the episode description from HBO.
Ramsay Bolton is still hunting Sansa Stark, and it's likely she's headed to Castle Black to find Jon Snow. Harald Karstark, whose father was killed by Robb Stark in "Game of Thrones" Season 3, will be in Winterfell aiding the Boltons.
Sansa, after being rescued by Brienne in the last episode, will have to plot her next move. Brienne appears to be telling her that she found Arya Stark, but disappeared after the fight with the Hound in "Game of Thrones" Season 4.
King's Landing will be full of intrigue as Jaime Lannister reunites with his son, King Tommen. The Sparrows will remain a thorn in the side of the Lannisters as Jaime threatens the High Sparrow. Cersei, after mourning her daughter's death last season, seems defiant with Ser Strong by her side in the "Home" preview.
Tyrion is trying to restore order in Meereen, but it looks like he might have gotten too close to one of Daenerys' dragons. Last, but certainly not least, Castle Black will be a prominent storyline in the episode. Whether or not the fate of Jon Snow is resolved is unknown.