9:00am PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones' Cheat Sheet: Where Every Main Character Left Off
"Jon Snow is dead."
The first sentence in the synopsis for Game of Thrones' season six premiere, "The Red Woman," reiterates the refrain fans have heard nonstop since Lord Commander Snow (Kit Harington) succumbed to multiple stab wounds in the closing moments of season five. There's no confusion about Snow's current situation; whether or not the man comes back to life, it's hammered into everyone's minds that he's dead for now.
But what about the fates of other characters? With so much emphasis on Snow, it's easy to forget where things stand for everyone else. Before season six premieres, here's a quick reminder about where the show left off for all the main players, starting beyond the Wall, and finishing up in Essos.
Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright): Last seen in the season four finale, hanging out with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). Expect Bran's magical knowhow to increase dramatically between then and now.
Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick): Also with Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven, but now missing her brother Jojen, killed right outside their frozen destination.
Hodor (Kristian Nairn): Hodor. (Translation: Same situation as Bran and Meera.)
The Night's King (Richard Brake): The White Walker leader stood at the frozen edge of Hardhome, arms outstretched and an undead army behind him, his ice-blue gaze piercing directly into Jon Snow's soul, wordlessly screaming, "Come at me, Crow." His next move remains unknown.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington): Dead, stabbed by traitorous members of the Night's Watch, bleeding out in the middle of Castle Black.
Ghost: Jon's direwolf is somewhere in Castle Black, hopefully safe from harm.
Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale): The Master at Arms led the mutiny against Jon, and his next likely move involves rallying the rest of the Watch against the wildlings.
Olly (Brenock O'Connor): The youngest member of the Night's Watch delivered the killing blow against Jon. He's pretty much the worst.
Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham): Hanging out at the Wall, poised to serve Jon Snow now that Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) is dead. Hey, Davos, about that …
Melisandre (Carice van Houten): The Red Priestess looks crestfallen and shellshocked as she returns to Castle Black, her entire life's purpose in turmoil without Stannis. Now that Jon's dead, expect an even greater increase in self-loathing.
Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) and Gilly (Hannah Murray): Luckily for them, they left Castle Black mere moments before the mutiny against Jon; Sam's set to begin his training to become a Maester of the Citadel.
Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju): Jon's wildling ally and his fellow free folk were allowed to live in the Gift, the lands just south of the Wall. How long will they live in peace, now that the Night's Watch is in disarray?
Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane): Dead, as is his wife, daughter and most of his army.
Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie): Last seen burying her sword, Oathkeeper, in Stannis' face, an act of long-simmering vengeance for Renly's death. Now, where's Sansa?
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner): She spent the season in Winterfell, married to a monster and waiting for a miracle. Ultimately, she settled for leaping from the castle's tallest tower, her next move unknown.
Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen): After years as mindless zombie Reek, the neutered Iron Islander reclaimed control of his actions and aided Sansa in her escape, leaving Winterfell behind.
House Bolton: Roose (Michael McElhatton) and Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) won the battle against the Baratheons, but their ultimate place in the war for power was greatly damaged by Sansa's disappearance.
House Greyjoy: Theon's sister Yara (Gemma Whelan) tried to rescue her brother from the Boltons back in season four, but he declined her aid. Her father, Balon (Patrick Malahide), expressed little interest in saving his son.
The Northern Army: Decimated, alongside Robb (Richard Madden) and Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) … or at least biding their time. Though House Stark looks like it's in ruins, never forget these crucial words: "The North remembers."
House Frey: Wicked Walder (David Bradley) was last seen gloating over his role in the Red Wedding, but trailers for season six confirm his upcoming return — hopefully to get eaten alive by zombified Starks, or at least turned into a pie.
House Tully: Edmure (Tobias Menzies) was enjoying his wedding night when suddenly his entire family got brutally slaughtered; one assumes he's still in Frey custody. Luckily, his uncle Brynden "Blackfish" Tully (Clive Russell) was not caught at the Red Wedding, and could come into sharper focus this season.
The Brotherhood Without Banners: Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) and Thoros of Myr (Paul Kye) have not been seen since Arya left their custody, but they're likely still near the Riverlands, fighting the good fight for the disenfranchised.
Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann): The Hound died … didn't he? That's how it appeared in season four's finale, but rumors persist the younger Clegane sibling survived, and will reemerge in season six.
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey): The Queen Regent of King's Landing made a big mistake putting the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) in power, putting her own control at risk. After a harrowing walk of shame, she's ready to put her next act of vengeance into motion.
Maester Qyburn (Anton Lesser): The sinister Maester, one of Cersei's last loyal allies, spent the entirety of season five working on a project for the queen regent. As of the finale, the project is ready, and it has a name …
Robert Strong (Hafthor Bjornsson): This massive, mute mixture of meat and metal is essentially a zombified version of Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane. Its sole purpose: to serve Cersei. This should go well for everyone in King's Landing.
Tommen Baratheon (Dean-Charles Chapman): The last surviving child of Cersei and Jaime remains on the Iron Throne, but for how long?
Ser Pounce: The royal kitten was not seen once in season five, but one assumes his meow still echoes throughout the Red Keep.
House Tyrell: Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and Loras (Finn Jones) are still in the High Sparrow's custody, and one has to wonder if they'll ever see the light of day again — unless it's their last day on Earth. Their grandmother Olenna (Diana Rigg), usually the quickest wit in the land, is uncharacteristically at a loss on how to rescue her grandchildren.
The Faith Militant: What the High Sparrow and his men, including Lancel Lannister (Eugene Simon), lack in Lannister gold, they more than compensate for with the hearts of the people … assuming these people aren't sinners, of course. Will this political uprising bring the walls of King's Landing tumbling down by the end of season six?
Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen): Where's the master manipulator Petyr Baelish in all of this? Perhaps in a brothel, perhaps in the Vale, perhaps in Harrenhal, perhaps on his way back to Winterfell … really, who knows? All that's clear is this: Littlefinger's chaos is sweeping the land at an alarming and uncontrollable rate.
Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau): After spending an entire season in Dorne trying to rescue his daughter, Jaime is on a boat sailing back for King's Landing, worse than empty-handed …
Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger Free): Jaime and Cersei's only daughter died, bleeding out in her father's arms, poisoned to death by…
Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma): Still furious over the death of her lover Oberyn (Pedro Pascal), Ellaria finally made her move against the better wishes of Prince Doran. What will Ellaria and the Sand Snakes do now that they've drawn blood against the Lannisters?
Doran Martel (Alexander Siddig): The Prince of Dorne granted Jaime and his daughter safe passage back to King's Landing. One assumes he was not in on Ellaria's plan to assassinate Myrcella.
Areo Hotah (DeObia Oparei): He's hanging out, polishing his axe.
Bronn (Jerome Flynn): Likewise, he's hanging out, albeit on a boat.
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams): The youngest Stark daughter spent season five training to become an assassin. Now, she's blind, a punishment for getting stab happy against an old enemy.
Jaqen H'Ghar (Tom Wlaschiha): The Faceless Man figurehead apparently committed suicide in front of Arya, but surprise! That was just one of his many faces. Who else on Thrones has greater job security than this man?
Syrio Forel (Miltos Yerolemou): Sorry, everyone. He's still dead.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke): The Mother of Dragons escaped Meereen just in time to evade an assassination attempt. Now, she's surrounded by Dothraki warriors in the Great Grass Sea, far away from her seat of power. Good thing she knows a thing or two about taming wild horses.
Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman) and Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen): Two of Dany's fiercest allies are on the move, doing everything they can to track down Meereen's missing queen. Oh, and Jorah is dealing with a not-so-small problem called Greyscale, a skin condition that drives men mad.
Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel): With Daenerys missing, two of her truest confidants will step up to the plate and act as the public faces of Meereen's power structure.
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Varys (Conleth Hill): Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the Imp and the Spider have agreed to pull the strings behind the delicate balance of political power in Meereen — a season two throwback in the best way possible.
The Dragons: Rhaegal and Viserion remain in captivity, bound and chained in a Meereenese dungeon, awaiting their next meal. Drogon, meanwhile, is out and about, presumably close enough to protect Daenerys, but only if it's convenient. Oh, teenagers!
Eddard Stark (Sean Bean): Wait a minute … why even mention Ned? He's super dead, right? Right … but what is dead may never die, but rises again in flashbacks, harder and stronger. In other words, any and all Ned Stark fans should expect some Joy this season.
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