9:00am PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones': Seven Reunions to Watch in Season 6
What lies ahead for the denizens of Westeros? Unfortunately, tea leaves are at a record low supply in the midst of record high demand, as George R.R. Martin's next book in the A Song of Ice and Fire saga (the series on which Game of Thrones is based) remains unpublished — putting the HBO fantasy show into uncharted waters in season six.
However, there are a few places to glean details: casting notices, the full-length season six trailer, as-yet unadapted material from Martin's books, and the greatest resource of all … common sense.
Putting all those ingredients together, here are seven reunions you can count on witnessing when Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24.
1. Jaime and Cersei
The Kingslayer (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) returns to King's Landing after a failed trip to Dorne to retrieve his and Cersei's (Lena Headey) daughter. But there won't be much time to mourn the late princess of Westeros, considering the High Sparrow and his Faith Militant's march toward Cersei and the Iron Throne. With the Lannister lovers and siblings back together, Jaime and Cersei's relationship should be more heightened and endangered than ever before.
2. Brienne and The Hound
Viewers could see a rematch of one of the greatest battles ever witnessed on Thrones, but not in an expected way. Rumors suggest that Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann) will return to the show this season, despite his apparent death at the hands of Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) in season four — but when and if he comes back, expect a more peaceful streak to the scarred soldier.
3. Ian McShane and HBO
The Hound's return, if it happens at all, will owe thanks to a man called the Elder Brother — a former warrior turned pacifist, and leader of a land called the Quiet Isle. Most believe Ian McShane will play that character, but no matter who he's playing, season six marks a homecoming for the actor, who famously cursed and killed his way through three seasons of Deadwood as foul-mouthed bartender and gangster Al Swearengen.
4. Samwell and his Father
The Night's Watch steward (John Bradley) left the Wall at the end of season five, in order to begin his training as a Maester of the Citadel. Somewhere during that adventure, Sam will reunite with his father, Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner), a man who lives near Oldtown, and a man who hates his son so much that he sent him to the Wall — only after threatening to kill him. But how will Randyll react when he reunites with Sam the Slayer, the heroic warrior who killed a White Walker?
5. Theon and the Greyjoys
Will the erstwhile Reek (Alfie Allen) reunite with the Boltons? It's certainly possible, but not before he sees his family from the Iron Islands again — lineup that includes his tough-as-iron sister Yara (Gemma Whelan) and newcomer Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk), Theon's nefarious pirate of an uncle, with his one good eye on conquering Westeros.
6. You and Bran
Remember him? No? He's the young lad who traveled all the way past the Wall in order to meet a mystical entity known as the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) hasn't been seen on the show since season four, but after a full year on the bench (or under a tree, as it were), he's poised for a major comeback in the upcoming season six. And what does more Bran mean? That's right: HODOR.
7. Jon Snow and Life
Yes, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is dead. No, he won't stay that way. Despite his cold corpse's prominent presence in the full-length trailer for season six, the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch remains a key player in the story of Thrones, one that can't move forward without his direct participation. Expect his resurrection, whether it's at the hands of Melisandre (Carice van Houten), the White Walkers, or some other force. As the Dothraki like to say: "It is known."
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