Let’s do a quick and dirty Murder of Crows, shall we?
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a huge deluge of set photos, spy reports, and casting
leaks announcements for season six. As exciting as all this is in and of itself, it’s rendered all the more magical once one stops to consider that this is all (potentially) brand-new material – with no more published books to draw off of, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are heading into spoiler territory, big time.
Given the momentous occasion, a small number of us crows here at the Wall managed to stop for a moment while scurrying madly about, trying to cover the big news, to discuss our hopes and excitements. What’s going to be the best part of the sixth season? We’ll tell you our answers – if you promise to tell us yours in the comments below.
(And don’t worry – we’re spoiler-free in this discussion. We didn’t want to exclude anyone from participating in the hugely exciting countdown to season six!)
As you are all aware, I’m sure, there’s been a lot of exciting news tidbits leaking out of the season six sets already. Which has gotten you the most excited? Which is the most intriguing? Which has even possibly made you uneasy for the very uncertain road ahead?
This is going to be hard to not be spoilerish, but I’ll try. The news coming in about the northern Westeros storyline has me seriously stoked, and from the discussions online, it looks like many fans feel the same way.
Jon has got to live. He just has to for me to stay as fully engaged with the show. Also, someone is going to have to take out the Boltons – either the northerners or the White Walkers, and my bet is on the northern families still loyal to the Starks. I also really want to see Melisandre die this year. She’s done enough damage. Imagine how much stronger the Westerosi people would have been with both Jon and Stannis to help fight the Walkers. I never liked Stannis, but he would have been a terrific ally against the White Walkers had he been able to compromise or others had been willing to compromise with him. But none of that is possible now because of the path Mel led him down (and to be fair, that Stannis chose).
The next biggest thing I am excited about and is part of the northern story is Bran’s seer capabilities. I want to see, in particular, what he knows about the past and Jon’s origins. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.
I’m less excited by Dany’s story, but that’s always been the case. However, now that Tyrion is there and the dragons are finally coming into play, my interest in that storyline is definitely increasing. On that front, some serious dragon training needs to occur, and that can only happen if the other two dragons are released. So who will that be, and will they end up toasted like a s’more? Dany is just beginning to learn to control Drogon, so that aspect of the story will be interesting. As for the conflict in Meereen, they just need to get it over with. I’m so over that, it’s not even funny.
The one thing that has me uneasy is Sansa. Where is she going to end up? Will she finally be out from under other people’s control and have some say in what the hell happens to her? She doesn’t need to end up ruling the world, but I do want her to have some control over her destiny (insofar as any person can have control over their destiny).
I think what I’m most excited for is the return of some missing characters – mostly Walder Frey, but I’m also really looking forward to Bran returning, as well as the Greyjoys (including the new ones!).
I’ve been trying to keep away from the set photos, but from what I’ve seen, season six already looks very promising.
Not knowing whether something is from the books anymore makes me uneasy, but it also is very exciting. I wouldn’t say “We’re all Unsullied!” as so many do, because that’s not accurate, either. Book readers are still loaded with knowledge from A Song of Ice and Fire about people’s backstories and with hints and foreshadowing about the future. But we’re unsteady on our feet, deep into theory-land, uncertain of where things are going in several areas. So we’re the Unsteady, I guess.
As for the news coming out that has made me the most excited, I’m stoked to see the Greyjoy resurgence for season six. I love those pirates.
Me, personally, I’m intrigued at seeing a certain play…
The flashback scenes are going to be great, if the season five one is anything to go by, but what’s got me really excited is the future developments the show will be making, whether they’re taking their lead from the books or not. I’m especially excited for the reappearance of the Greyjoys, especially now we finally got ourselves a show!Euron, and the direction the northern storylines appear to be taking, judging by the set pictures.
I’m also incredibly psyched about how many of my favourite actors the show has bagged for this season. Kevin Eldon! Ian McShane! Richard E Grant! The return of David Bradley and his creeptastic Walder Frey!
Oh, and, of course, Hodor!
Without being specific, it’s the flashback scenes, by a mile. I not only want me some (probable) The Winds of Winter canon, but I want to see how our (Emmy-winning!) team of writers, casting directors, directors, costumers, set designers, and directors of photography present this hitherto unseen material to us.
Gimme a fat chunk of Tower of Joy, ya bastards!
(And here’s to hoping they don’t sanitize it too much, like they kind of did with Cersei’s flashback. I was really hoping for Melara’s doom.)
I’m excited about the flashback scenes, but, predictably, I’m most intrigued about Theon’s storyline and, er, a certain individual he might encounter this season. Yes, I’m biased (that broken bastard could spend season six painting a fence, and I’d watch), but I also think the changes made to his storyline in season six open him up to some interesting possibilities. I’m also really excited to see Tyrion, Missandei, and Grey Worm run Meereen.
I’m uneasy about Sansa and Brienne’s storylines simply because I love them both but I don’t know if the writers have any idea what to do with them (please note, I have the same concern about their Song of Ice and Fire counterparts).