‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6: Everything We Know So Far

Game of Thrones Season 5 - The Dance of Dragons

Game of Thrones Season 6 Plotline

NOTE: This section contains major spoilers for Seasons 1-5, some spoilers for Books 1-6, and some speculation about Season 6 that could turn out to be spoiler-y.

Game of Thrones Season 4 - Bran

Bran Stark

Last Seen: Finally meeting the Three-Eyed Raven in the Season 4 finale.

Next Up: According to the showrunners, Bran has spent Season 5 training with the Three-Eyed Raven offscreen. Think of it as Bran’s own Luke Skywalker-like transformation. “Like, it would be far less interesting, after The Empire Strikes Back to have an hour-long movie in between Empire and Return of the Jedi where Luke is training,” said David Benioff. “It’s so much cooler to cut from end of Empire to beginning of Return, where he’s become the Jedi.”

Ramsay Bolton

Last Seen: Demolishing Stannis Baratheon’s forces.

Next Up: There’s not much concrete information on Ramsay’s future at this point. Stannis is (probably) dead, so that’s one problem out of the way for Ramsay. But he’s just lost two of his most prized possessions — Sansa and Reek — so perhaps he’ll make some effort to retrieve them next season.

Game of Thrones Season 5 - Sansa and Theon

The Greyjoys

Last Seen: Balon Greyjoy was last seen refusing to rescue his son Theon from the Boltons in Season 3. His daughter Yara was last seen trying and failing to rescue Theon in Season 4.

Next Up: So far the Iron Islands have been severely sidelined on the show, but that may change in Season 6. The casting of Pilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy and the return of Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy suggest we’re about to see a kingsmoot, i.e., a ceremony to choose the next king of the Iron Islands.

Sansa Stark

Last Seen: Escaping Winterfell by leaping off a high wall and into the snow with Theon Greyjoy.

Next Up: Sophie Turner has reportedly been shooting around the Winterfell set, but beyond that all bets are off since Sansa’s storyline has veered very far from the source material. If the show wants to bring her back to the books, though, she’s probably headed back to the Vale.

Game of Thrones Season 5 - Brienne

Brienne of Tarth

Last Seen: Spending almost all of Season 5 waiting for Sansa to light a candle, only to give up right before Sansa actually lights the damn candle, and then wandering off to kill Stannis instead.

Next Up: Brienne’s entire Season 5 storyline was created just for the show, so there’s a good chance she’ll spend Season 6 catching up with her book counterpart. If so, expect to see a lot more action. We don’t want to get too deep into spoiler territory here, but if you’re curious Vanity Fair has a great rundown of what might happen to Brienne next season. (Yes, they think Lady Stoneheart is a possibility.)

Jaime Lannister

Last Seen: Escorting his daughter Myrcella from Dorne back to King’s Landing. After a touching father-daughter moment, she suddenly collapses and dies in his arms, having been poisoned by Ellaria.

Next Up: Word is Jaime is headed to the Riverlands, which could mean we’re returning to Jaime’s book storyline after an off-book detour to Dorne last season. In the novels, Riverrun (seat of House Tully) was besieged by Houses Lannister and Frey following the Red Wedding, and Jaime goes there to get Byrnden Tully to surrender.

Game of Thrones Season 5 - Margaery

King’s Landing

Last Seen: Enjoying a religious uprising courtesy of the Faith Militant.

Next Up: It’s difficult to guess what’s next for our primary King’s Landing characters (i.e., Cersei, Margaery, and Tommen). More generally, however, set photos indicate both the Tyrell soldiers and the Faith Militant will be running around the city in full force.

Samwell Tarly

Last Seen: Getting Jon Snow’s permission to go to Oldtown with Gilly so he can study at the Citadel and become the new Maester of the Watch.

Next Up: It seems Sam will be reunited with his family in Season 6, seeing as the entire Tarly clan has been cast. Word is there’s going to be a Tarly dinner scene, which should be pretty awkward seeing as the only reason Sam is in the Night’s Watch is because his dad forced him to join as a way of disinheriting him.

Game of Thrones Season 5 - Tyrion

Tyrion Lannister

Last Seen: Left to rule Meereen on Daenerys’ behalf, along with Missandei, Grey Worm, and Varys, while Jorah Mormont and Daario Naharis go off to look for her.

Next Up: Although she wouldn’t get into specifics, Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Missandei, teased some fun times ahead for the city-state’s new ruling trio:

The dynamic of those three characters will be so fun to watch. You’ve got Tyrion who is just so comical, and then Missandei, who is very straight and collected, and very internal with her feelings, and then Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson), who is almost emotionless altogether, as far as we’re aware… So to put those two characters with a guy who just talks a lot, and is so funny, and is a bit of a drunk, a bit of a womanizer — it’s setting up for a really interesting dynamic.

Daenerys Targaryen

Last Seen: Surrounded by a Dothraki khalasar after escaping the Sons of the Harpy on Drogon’s back.

Next Up: If the show is following the books here, that khalasar will turn out to be headed up by Jhoqo. Formerly a lieutenant under Drogo, he declared himself a khal soon after Drogo’s incapacitation. Jhoqo wasn’t exactly a fan of Dany’s, as he disliked the idea of a woman leading a khalasar. Wonder if he’ll like her any more now that she’s conquering entire cities?
Game of Thrones Season 5 - Arya

Arya Stark

Last Seen: Getting her revenge on Meryn Trant by stabbing him to death in a brothel. As punishment, Jaqen H’gar blinds her.

Next Up: Arya is still blind in Season 6 (or at least for part of Season 6), as confirmed by Maisie Williams. More recently, the actress teased that the character could be “fighting blind” in the new season. There’s also a rumor that Arya will be headed to the Riverlands this season, and both the books (specifically, the Winds of Winter preview chapter “Mercy”) and set photos suggest she’ll be crossing paths with the theater troupe at some point.

Flashbacks

Last Seen: In the Season 5 premiere, showing us the creepy prophecy that’s been haunting Cersei since her youth.

Next Up: There are strong hints that Season 6 will go into the Tower of Joy, the focus of a certain fan theory about Jon Snow’s parentage.

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