Friday, April 10, 2015

Top 5 Game of Thrones Characters I Hope We Get Back In Season 5

Game of Thrones has an insane number of characters. The story traverses two continents and countless cities (alright you could count them, but why). Dozens of characters come and go every episode, and as I've mentioned, plenty of them find their ends in the story.

But some of them don't. Some of them have just disappeared. We might hear about them here or there, and we might not. I've learned, from the reappearance of guys like Barristan Selmy, Janos Slynt, and Littlefinger, that there are no guarantees when a character slips out of sight. So here are five characters who didn't make an appearance in season 4, and who I'd like to see more of.

Note: I have no information about whether or not anyone listed below will return at all in the show, ever. I imagine two of them will (#3 and #1), but the others are smaller characters that aren't at all necessary to finish the telling of the great story. Anyways, I just wanted to express that despite having read the books, I don't really know much more than a non-reader would.

5. Syrio Forel - You'll remember Syrio was Arya Stark's "dancing master" from season one. He had a funny way of speaking that I enjoyed, and he proved his ability with a sword when we saw him disable several Lannister guards with a training sword. His fate was left unresolved, though Arya believes him to be dead, as she relayed as such to the Hound last season. And it may be that the writers had hoped to resolve his fate through that conversation. But I'm holding out hope that we'll see him again someday.

4. Gendry - One of Robert Baratheon's many bastard sons, Gendry was likable from the start. He had a quick wit and a good heart. He was a lowborn orphan who seemed to not let it bother him, and it's no surprise that he and Davos hit it off. When last we saw him, he was rowing himself back to King's Landing. It might be that that's the end of his story, but with the Baratheon bloodline still of importance, I think it's possible we'll get to see him again.

3. Rickon Stark - Rickon doesn't really have a "story" going on; he's simply the youngest of the Stark children. At the end of season 3, he and Osha split off from their party and were heading towards the Last Hearth, home of the Umbers. If you can't place them, the lord of the Umbers was the Greatjon, the guy who threatened Robb Stark and got his fingers bitten off, then became one of his most loyal subjects. We didn't get a final note on whether he was at the Red Wedding, so it's possible he's out there as well. But Rickon is the last male Stark south of The Wall, so while the character isn't terribly interesting, his return to Game of Thrones would throw another spin into the world.

2. The Brotherhood Without Banners (Thoros of Myr, Beric Dondarrion, Anguy) - I decided to lump all these guys together, even though I like them all for different reasons. They're all part of the Brotherhood Without Banners, and they're all entertaining. Anguy was cocky and funny, Thoros was drunk and roguish, and Beric was, you know, Jesus. They're also a fairly large group of skilled fighters defying the region's legal authority. Plus, in the event that we see them return, we'll also likely get a little somebody from the books, who every book-reader knows and desperately wants to show her face.

1. Walder Frey - Walder Frey was just perfect. From the moment we met him in season one, he was the kind of guy who puts your hair on edge. He's creepy, he's old, and he just has a way of talking that makes you know he's up to no good. I didn't think he had the Red Wedding in him, but if there was anyone in the show who could, he's on that list. I enjoyed the little debriefing he had with Roose Bolton, but we haven't seen him since. Granted, I only want to see him come back so that he can get his comeuppance, but I really, really want to see that.

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