Before we begin, if you haven't caught up with Game of Thrones, especially Sunday night's season finale that has legions of fans in an uproar, then turn away now. There will be tons of SPOILERS ahead! The Game of Thrones Season 5 episode "Mother's Mercy" not only leaves us with several tantalizing questions that we'll have to wait 10 months to be answered, it sets up a slew of tantalizing possibilities about where the show's creators can go from here. So, while we start the long and painful wait for the new season, we thought it would be best to help get your mind off the traumatizing finale by looking forward to Game of Thrones Season 6. This season marks the end of any semblance of familiarity for those who have read the George R.R. Martin books. Barring some sort of miracle where the author gets imbued with Flash-like writing abilities, Season 6 will be uncharted territory for TV fans and book fans alike. So, with that in mind, we're presenting 9 things we need to see happen in Game of Thrones Season 6.

1 Jon Snow Isn't Really Dead... Is He?

<em>Game of Thrones</em> Jon Snow Photo

Is Jon Snow dead? Kit Harington himself confirmed in an interview published shortly after the finale aired that Jon Snow did die, after getting stabbed by his treacherous Night's Watch brothers over and over again (more on those pricks later), and that he's been told he won't be coming back for Season 6... And yet there are still a few valid reasons to think this may not be true. First off, George R.R. Martin himself said, shortly after the last book was published in 2011, that, "Oh, you think he's dead, do you? I'm not going to address whether he's dead or not. If there's one thing we know in A Song of Ice and Fire is that death is not necessarily permanent." The most logical theory is that Melissandre (Carice van Houten) could use her powers as a disciple of the Lord of Light to bring Jon Snow back, especially now that Stannis (Stephen Dillane) is dead. While this represents how he could be brought back, the reason why he should is simple: So he (and we) can finally learn about his true lineage, arguably the biggest burning question that has plagued fans of the books and the show since Day One, spawning several popular (and logical) fan theories. That question lies at the heart of this show, and since it's remained cloaked in mystery for so long, it just simply makes no sense to either, 1) never reveal the answer, or even worse, 2) reveal it AFTER Snow is dead, especially given how his birthright could give him a claim to the Iron Throne, if one popular theory ("R+L=J") is true.