The Game Is Upon Us: Setting Up Season 6 Of ‘Game Of Thrones’

In advance of next Sunday’s Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere, our resident recapologist will catch you up on where the major stories stand and try to project where they’ll go when we return to the realm on April 24.

Next weekend, the excruciatingly long wait for the return of Game of Thrones comes to an end with the first episode of Season 6, “The Red Woman,” but before diving deep into theories and thoughts on what might be in store for fans and the various families this season, a quick reminder of where everyone stands as this season kicks off.

King’s Landing: Tommen is the latest Baratheon to be king, Cersei had her head shaved before doing a literal walk of shame and Jaime is on his way back from Dorne with he and Cersei’s daughter Myrcella, who was poisoned and died at the end of Season 5, and her betrothed, Trystane Martell. Oh yeah – and the religious fanatics are continuing to rise up and Cersei has a re-animated Frankenstein’s monster version of The Mountain at her side.

Mereen: With Daenerys having flown off on Drogon’s back (more on that shortly), Tyrion is left in charge in the former slave town, with Varys and Dany’s loyal aides, Missandei and Grey Worm, by his side as he tries to keep the city from coming unhinged.

Somewhere Across the Narrow Sea: “The Mother of Dragons” got flown out of danger in Mereen, but ended Season 5 being surrounded by a Dothraki khalasar that didn’t look particularly friendly. Jorah and Daario are out looking for her (obviously), but it remains to be seen how things will shake out between Dany and this new group of Dothraki.

Fleeing Winterfell: Last time we were in the North, Theon/Reek and Sansa killed Ramsey’s creepy girlfriend Myranda and then jumped off a wall into the snow to get away from the sadistic bastard Bolton.

The Wall: Jon Snow is dead, murdered by the members of the Night’s Watch, leaving Ser Davos and Melisandre at Castle Black trying to figure out what the hell they’re going to do now since ol’ Stannis Baratheon went and got his head lopped off by Brienne early in last season’s finale.

Over in Braavos: Arya killed Meryn Trant and Jaqen H’ghar killed himself, only to have the Waif, the snarky girl at the House of Black and White that never liked Arya, change her face to that of Jaqen and reveal that he never existed in the first place; he was “No One”… and then Arya went blind.

Out in the Woods Beyond the Wall: Though he was M.I.A. all last season, Bran Stark will return in Season 6. Last we saw the paralyzed young warg, he, Hodor (Hodor!) and Meera Reed were saved by a Child of the Forest and taken to meet an old man sitting in the roots of the Heart Tree from Jojen Reed’s visions, who told Bran that while he’ll never walk again, he will fly.

Now that everyone is caught up, come back Monday, as we’ll start trying to figure out where everyone will go over the course of Season 6.

E. Spencer Kyte

E. Spencer Kyte is a freelance journalist based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, where he lives with his wife and dog. In addition to his work here, he writes about sports for Complex Canada and covers the UFC for various outlets. His mom also still tells him what to do on a regular basis, even though he’s nearly 40. He tweets from @spencerkyte.

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