10 'Game of Thrones' Characters We Want to Come Back to Life

·Senior Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

Our long wait is (almost) over. A year after the Season 5 finale that launched a thousand fan theories, Game of Thrones is preparing to enter new territory in its sixth season, which debuts Sunday, April 24 on HBO. For the first time in its history, the series will venture completely off book, as the writers have lapped the release of author George R.R. Martin’s final two novels. So now, both readers and newbies will be on the same proverbial page when we return to Westeros, Dorne, and points beyond.

As viewers count down the days to Game of Thrones’ return, we here at Yahoo TV are launching our official countdown: #GoTIsComing. Check back here every day over the next month as we explore all of our favorite (and a few of our least favorite) people, places, and things about television’s most addictive show. From Direwolves and Dragons to the shows most hideous deaths and imperiled characters, we’re going to indulge or GoT obsession with the same fervor that Cersei imbibes alcohol. So raise a glass and toast the impending arrival of a long, cruel, and bloody Westerosi winter.

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Warning: This gallery contains spoilers for Seasons 1-5 of Game of Thrones.

Part of being a Game of Thrones fan is accepting that the characters you grow to love are eventually going to meet grisly ends. (That’s sometimes true, but less frequently so, for the characters you grow to hate. Looking at you, Ramsay Bolton.) It’s a tradition that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have carried over from George R.R. Martin’s novels, where Death is one of Westeros’ most prominent citizens. As Stephen King once wrote, though, sometimes they come back. So far, the ranks of the dead who have returned to the living include Ser Beric Dondarrion, Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane (although he was only mostly dead, and isn’t exactly coming back as himself) and, of course, all those White Walker victims reincarnated as zombies by the Night’s King. But there are still a number of more prominent casualties that we want to see walking around again… as themselves, not unwilling members of an undead army. Here are 10 Game of Thrones characters we strongly feel deserve a second shot at life.  

Game of Thrones Season 6 premieres Sunday, April 24 at 9 p.m. on HBO

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