“What is dead may never die”. – House Greyjoy

Yes, summer is almost here. It’s getting warmer outside, the birds are waking up earlier and the flowers are blooming. But the true fans know that winter is coming in a few weeks. Get excited because everyone’s favorite TV show, Game of Thrones will be back on HBO April 24, 2016 for what will be its most anticipated season yet. There were so many questions left unanswered at the end of the fifth season and for once, people who have read George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire do not have the answers either. Everyone is literally on the same page as show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss take us into the unknown.

Did Brienne actually relieve Stannis Baratheon of his rather large head? How could Theon and Sansa have survived a fall from that height? How is Cersei going to exact her retribution on the people of King’s Landing? Is the lovable, murdering Arya Stark going ever going to regain her sight? And most importantly, is Jon Snow truly dead? (I’d bet everything that is in my mediocre bank account that he’s not). There are so many questions that need to be answered and so much more story to cover, yet we have to come to terms with the fact that there are only 30 episodes (3 more seasons) left to wrap everything up.

This season, however, rest assured that our other favorite Stark will be returning this season. Bran the Cripple will be resuming his training with the Three-Eyed Crow where he will be taught more about his gifts of Greenseeing (prophetic visions) and Skinchanging (the ability to possess animals and people). We missed Bran for the whole of last year, so expect him to be as tall as Hodor now cause puberty growth spurts are a real thing. It will be interesting to see how the show moves closer towards the magical element of fantasy stories which they’ve done more in the last two seasons.

Also this season should be focused more on one of my favorite Houses in Westeros, House Greyjoy. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we’re headed back to the Iron Islands, a place we haven’t seen since Season 2 of Game of Thrones. Life on the Iron Islands is rough. The quote above refers to when people of the islands are baptized via the Drowned God as children. Except that they are held underwater till they almost drown and have to be resuscitated, saying “what is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger.” Last summer, it was revealed that Pilou Asbæk was cast to play Theon’s uncle, Euron ‘Crow’s Eye’ Greyjoy. Two years ago, I called that Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper, would be an immediate fan favorite, and I’m gonna make that call again with Crow’s Eye who is one of the more interesting, brutal characters that A Song of Ice and Fire has to offer.

There’s so much going on that I have no idea how all of this is going to be stuffed into 10 episodes. I think we’re reaching a point in the story arc where things are going to be moving hard and fast and I’m ultimately here for it. And if it doesn’t meet our expectations, at least we get to see Tyrion and Varys back together again with their lovely banter.