Since Game of Thrones first debuted, fans could delve into the original works of George R.R. Martin to try and determine what might be coming next. The show has deviated from the books at times. But now, with several months left until Season 6 premieres on HBO, fans who are caught up with both the books and TV series are equally clueless, since the show has reached the end of the first five novels in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series. So, this may come as a surprise to everyone. Today, we have word that a beloved character who was absent in Season 5 may be making a return in 2016.
Gemma Whelan, who plays Yara Greyjoy, the sister of Alfie Allen's Theon Greyjoy, is said to return in Season 6. Her character was last seen in the Season 4 episode The Laws of Gods and Men, but her return isn't terribly surprising. A rumor from the set surfaced last month, claiming the actress was spotted alongside new cast member Pilou Asbæk, who is said to be playing Theon and Yara's uncle, Euron Greyjoy. Here's what the actress had to say about her return to the show.
"Even when I said I'm going to Northern Ireland on Wednesday to you just now, I thought 'oh god, maybe I shouldn't say that.' You really watch your back on everything - 'don't say too much'. But at least it's been leaked that I'm going to be in it, so I can talk freely about that."
Yara won't be the only character to re-surface after a hiatus. Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is coming back after a one-season break, and we reported last week that Brynden Tully, a.k.a. The Blackfish (Clive Russell), who hasn't been seen since the Red Wedding at the end of Season 3, is also returning. Speaking of the Red Wedding, David Bradley, whose nefarious character Walder Frey orchestrated the brutal event, said that he will be back on the show at some point, but he isn't sure if it will happen in Season 6. There have also been rumors that British actor Sebastian Croft has come aboard to play a 13-year-old Ned Stark, presumably in a flashback sequence. When asked about this season catching up with the books, Gemma Whelan had this to say.
"Yeah, they've sort of... not run out of books really, but they've liaised with George R.R. Martin who writes the books, and gone off on their tangent, with his approval. So that's why people are even more interested in spoilers. It's funny isn't it, there's no other show like it."
The scene that Gemma Whelan was spotted filming last month was reportedly a Kingsmoot ceremony. In the George R.R. Martin novels, a Kingsmoot is a ceremony in the Iron Islands, where it is decided who will be the new ruler. At the end of Season 5, Theon fled Winterfell with Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), although it remains to be seen where they may be heading. Do you think Yara and Theon will reunite in the new season of Game of Thrones?