I started this post late at night and that rhyme just occurred to me.
Anyway. Over at Winter is Coming, there’s a video clip of an interview with director Jeremy Podeswa, talking about seasons 5 and 6. He’s mostly trying not to give anything away about S6, but there’s a little in there we can chew on:
What will Season 6 entail? According to Podeswa, “the one great thing about Season 6″ is that there’s a sense of the world “collapsing” and characters “converging on each other.” That’s something that started in Season 5, and it seems like Season 6 will keep the momentum going. “It’s very interesting from a narrative point of view,” Podeswa said.
By “collapsing,” he means in the sense of divergent elements coming together, rather than the universe falling apart. Specifically:
“All I can say is that it’s a very exciting season. There are characters coming together again that you haven’t seen before. Everybody has a very interesting journey through the season. There’s a lot of spectacle. There’s a lot of everything that people love about the show, and great moments for actors, and great scenes. It’s another great season of Game of Thrones.”
Characters coming together that we haven’t seen before. By that, I’m fairly sure that we’re looking at extant characters interacting in combinations that haven’t been done already, rather than totally new characters appearing. There are plenty of new characters, and there’s also room for characters to get together in combinations we’ve already seen, but he’s talking about characters we already know, doing stuff together in ways we haven’t seen. We’re into the second half of the series by now, so there’ll be more of storylines winding together, and less of the drifting apart.
So now we can wonder what combinations of characters will be connecting and converging in S6.
There’s at least one shiny thing we can bat around, for now. There are photographs—really good quality photographs, I might add—of Maisie Williams filming a scene that involves swimming, fully clothed, in a harbor/canal-type body of water.
Both Arya’s and Samwell’s storylines on the show are not yet caught up to what they’ve done in the books. There’s a chapter in A Feast for Crows where they meet up in Braavos and Arya rescues him, though they still aren’t properly introduced. Sam has no idea he’s just had an encounter with Jon Snow’s little half-sister, and Arya doesn’t know she just did a good deed for Jon’s best friend. She saves him from a fight with some Braavosi guys out looking for trouble, and later in the chapter, Sam has to be rescued again, by someone else, because he gets chucked into the canal and nearly drowns. (Everything is shitty for Sam. The only bright spot in his life is Gilly, and he can’t keep her with him.)
So: I think a major possibility is that Arya is the one who saves Sam from drowning while he’s in Braavos, and that’s the scene that Maisie just filmed.
I also have this picture in my head of Jaime escorting Littlefinger up north. It’s one way for Uncle Kevan to get his loose-cannon nephew out of the Red Keep and the fuck away from his twin. They’re not real comfortable together. It’s a tense trip.