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5 rumours about Game of Thrones, Season 6: this post is dark and full of terrors

Trinaa Prasad | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:42 IST

Are you counting down the days to the season 6 premiere of HBO's biggest moneymaker, Game of Thrones? You are in good company. A record-breaking 8.1 million people tuned in to watch season 5 of the series - which is based on George RR Martin's books.

The other record the last season holds has to be the sheer number of people who are now six-feet under.

Jon Snow has been stabbed, but we're hoping he's not dead. Because nobody wants to witness a Westeros sans Snow, HBO!

Here's a list of the people who are dead for sure - Sir Barristan Selmy, Grey Worm, Janos Slynt, Mossador, Mance Rayder, Aemon Targaryen, Shireen Baratheon, Hizdahr zo Loraq, Selyse Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Meryn Trant, Myrcella Baratheon, Gregor Clegane.

Now that we've caught up on who we're not going to see anymore, here's who we will. Because till the first episode airs on 24 April, all we can do is read theories online, speculate and and hyperventilate.

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1. Is Sansa going to have a baby Bolton?

After HBO released photos of the upcoming season, the first theory that spread like wildfire is that Sansa Stark, who was last seen escaping the Ramsays by jumping off the Winterfell outerwall with Theon Greyjoy, is pregnant.

For the record, this doesn't happen in the book. Mostly because SANSA DOES NOT MARRY RAMSAY BOLTON, her friend, Jeyne Poole pretending to be Arya, does instead. Which is to say that we absolutely have no idea where this story line is going.



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If Sansa is pregnant, and has escaped Winterfell, where will she and Theon go now? Fan theories suggest she'll either head to the Iron Islands, Theon's birthplace; Castle Black - assuming they'll meet Jon (eerm!); or the Vale of Arryn - to her maternal aunt's castle. In A Feast for Crows, the Vale is where Sansa lives after escaping from Kings Landing.

2. Jon Snow - dead, undead or coming back from the dead?

What is happening with everyone's favourite Westeros bastard? Is Snow dead? The last scene of the last season was the unfortunate and mighty stupid stabbing of Snow by his own men at Castle Black. They apparently stabbed him for trying to help the Wildlings (and themselves) from the winds of winter and the creepy crawlies that come with it. Jon was apparently the only one who realised that if the Wildlings weren't given protection, the White Walkers would claim them.

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But fear not. Natalie Dormer - aka Margaery Tyrell - has given all of us hope. Answering a question about Jon Snow's pulse status, she said, "If you get stabbed that many times, you're dead, you know. There are some basic medical rules that even apply in Westeros. So Jon Snow is dead right now."

RIGHT NOW? So he may come back? YUS! #BringHimHomeMelisandre

The other possibility is of him coming back as a warg through his direwolf Ghost. Because Maisie Williams did say this: "I feel so mean because I speak to people and they're all like 'Jon Snow, is he back?' and it's like really heartbreaking because people are like 'yeah, but he's coming back though?' It's a great twist but I can't say he's going to be alive."

Meanwhile, Kit Harrington has outright denied all the rumours, brutally declaring that Snow is dead. Oh well, till Season 6 reveals the truth, we're going to keep fingers, toes, eyes crossed.

3. All men must die?

The first trailer takes us to the Hall of Faces in The House of Black and White. For the uninitiated, that's where the faces of the dead are kept, to be used by the Faceless Men when they need to disguise themselves.

Strangely enough, even those who haven't died in the House, seem to have reached the hall. And with them, those we know to be alive (as of now) have, too.

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The biggest danger right now is: will Tyrion Lannister take the fall this season? Are you scared? We're scared. Please let this not be true. PLEASE, GRRM!

4. Starks, Targaryen, Baratheon - Past tense

The most popular GoT fan theory of them all is that Snow wasn't fathered by Ned Stark but is the offspring of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Therefore, he is of royal blood. If this theory is proved true, Ned has a lot to answer for. Why let a boy bear the taunts that come with 'Snow', if he wasn't illegitimate?



Either way, most rumours suggest that Snow's parentage, whatever it is, will be revealed come April. #YUSLORDYUS

5. Bran's visions will keep the Starks alive

When HBO shared those pictures, everyone couldn't stop talking about how Bran Stark, the runaway seer-lord of Winterfell was standing with the Three-Eyed Raven in one of them. We all know that by no miracle would Bran be able to walk on his own two feet, which obviously leads us to believe that this is a vision.

And reports suggest that through his visions we will witness the return of Ned Stark, Catelyn Stark and Robert Baratheon. Bran will go back to his parent's past, revealing to the readers many secrets that the Stark pair can no longer share themselves.

Of course, these are all fan theories. Of course, we are only speculating. Of course, GRRM being GRRM the plotline could be completely different from all the rumours floating around. And of course, either way reading about all of this is just so much fun.

Till you hit us where it hurts this April, HBO, we'll keep these theories coming.

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Edited by Blassy Boben



First published: 19 February 2016, 11:04 IST
 
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