With Winds of Winter officially and irrevocably delayed after a formal statement made by author George R. Martin, seasoned fantasy nerds of The Song of Fire And Ice series are considerably worried about the direction that the HBO mega-hit series, Game Of Thrones, might possibly take. Most fear that the story might diverge too much from the books and offer them a sub-par experience and others worry that the network might sacrifice a lot of the grim and gritty feel of the source material.
Thankfully, Sophie Turner (the actress portraying Sansa Stark) had great news for everyone involved as apparently, Season 6 promises a lot of really, really good things.
“I mean this season is a really, really big one for Sansa. It’s probably her best season yet. It’s her really coming into her own. She, this season, really commands the respect that she deserves and she grabs hold of it and she runs with it and it’s really good.”
Sansa was last seen taking a leap of faith over Winterfell‘s castle walls along with Reek, Ramsay Snow‘s favorite chewtoy. Apparently, her Season 5 attempts at political machinations by way of her mom’s weird ex weren’t her cup of tea. For this season, Sophie Turner says:
“It was amazing because the past five seasons, it feels like it’s been building up and up to that. You can only suffer so much before she finally gets her, the respect that she deserves.”
So Sansa might have been tried of being in the corner for five years running, but we have to ask: what about everyone’s favorite bastard, Jon Snow? At the end of Season 5, we saw him collectively stabbed by his crow-bros and left to bleed out in the snow. With the book delayed, how will the show’s development team handle the character’s death? Will they resort to a resurrection? Will he be turned into another fantasy cyborg, a la The Mountain? Sophie Turner is content to simply nod and say:
“I mean this season there’s like so many shocks, it’s massive. It’s the biggest season yet. And just like in terms of character development, so many people’s storylines, I’m so excited for. I’m so excited to see Alfie’s one this season. It’s going to be good.”
This season will also feature a lot of new characters, with Max Van Sydow as the Three-Eyed Raven, Ian McShane in a mystery role and Pilou Asbæk, who has been rumored to protray Euron Greyjoy, Theon Greyjoy‘s revenge-driven uncle. Lastly, the Dothraki might be making a small comeback into the story proper, as Joseph Naufahu (of Spartacus: Vengeance fame) will be playing a small riding barbarian role. On the meta side of things, Season 6 will also include a troupe of actors, who will be putting up plays on some of the most important figures in Westerosi history. played by Richard E. Grant and Essie Davis. Finally, Game of Throne‘s resident meta-nerd will give us a peek into his family history, with James Faulkner, Samantha Spiro and Rebecca Benson portraying the father, mother and sister of Samwell Tarly.
Granted, this is not much to go by, but it’s already been nearly a year without our gritty fantasy fix. We’ll take what we get and hope it can live up to the hype. If it’s nothing like Season 3, it will be more than enough.