Future 'Game of Thrones' Season 6 Episode Titles Call Back to Classic Installments

Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven
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After missing out on season five completely, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) makes his triumphant return this year, alongside Max von Sydow as the Three-Eyed Raven. Curious to see Bran walking around, in a place that's decidedly not the underbelly of a weir wood tree, isn't it?

What dangers lie ahead in Game of Thrones season six? Without the books as a road map, the future remains wide open — but the titles and descriptions of the next two episodes suggest some imminent bone-chilling activity.

HBO describes the May 1 episode of season six, called "Home," as follows: "Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) trains with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). 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."

Meanwhile, in May 8's episode three, called "Oathbreaker," Meereen's missing-in-action queen Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) "meets her future. Bran meets the past. Tommen confronts the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce). Arya (Maisie Williams) trains to be No One. Varys (Conleth Hill) finds an answer. Ramsay gets a gift."

Beginning with the episode titles, the names of the next two installments of Thrones conjure up memories of two of the most White Walker-centric episodes of the series: season five's "Hardhome" and season four's "Oathkeeper." The former episode's reputation speaks for itself; the latter episode featured the first appearance of the Night's King, the White Walker leader who turned a human infant into one of his own.

Both trailers and behind-the-scenes videos for season six feature the White Walkers interacting with Bran's storyline; theories suggest the ice-cold monsters will even assault the Three-Eyed Raven's home. It's worth wondering if the upcoming "Home" and "Oathbreaker" will mirror the legendary "Hardhome" and "Oathkeeper" in more than just name, but in ferocious White Walker action as well.

However these hours shake out, Bran appears to play pivotal roles in both, training with his green-seeing master and even meeting "the past." It's widely speculated that Bran will serve as the audience's eyes and ears into some key moments in Westerosi lore, including the Tower of Joy, the probable birthplace of the late (for now) Jon Snow (Kit Harington). As for "the future" awaiting Daenerys, perhaps it also has a Snow-y forecast; if the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch returns to the realm of the living, one expects his fiery future is intertwined with Daenerys', assuming she can shake free from the Dothraki and Essos before much longer.

As for that gift Ramsay Bolton receives in episode three? May it be the gift of mercy, in the House of Black and White sense of the word, if only for Sansa Stark's sake.

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