The most notable change to Game of Thrones in the premiere was that there were more separate storylines than scenes. Seriously, each of the 10 storylines in this episode had only one scene and there were still entire characters that did not get screen time. This season is going to be a big one.
Here’s 11 things we learned from this week’s premiere.
- Jon Snows body is not going to last forever! Revive him already.
Jon Snow is found dead by Davos Seaworth who, with 3 Snow loyalists, blockade a room to defend the body. New, self-appointed Lord Commander Ser Alliser Thorne offers an ultimatum: come out by nightfall and their lives will be spared.
- Sansa and Theon’s escape was almost thwarted.
Sansa and Reek Theon Reek no definitely Theon make it all but 10 metres from Winterfell before being caught by Ramsay’s hounds. The henchman pretty much just stand and wait until Brienne and Poderick save the day. Brienne pledges herself to Sansa and she accepts.
- Seeing Ramsay almost disowned was soothing for the soul.
Back at Winterfell, Ramsay is shunned by his father after losing his wife—the heir to Winterfell. Without her, he is no Bolton.
- Cersei appears human for a moment.
Cersei mourns the death of her daughter Myrcella, who she believe is pure and good. Giving up home and blaming prophecy, Cersei is silenced by Jamie who vows vengeance on Dorne.
- Ellaria is a little bitter.
There is mutiny in Dorne as Oberyn Martell’s widow Ellaria Sand and her sisters kill King Doran and his son Tristane.
- Danny is back where she started
Daenerys fends off the sexual advance of the Dothraki, revealing she is the widow of Khal Drogo. After, she learns that widowed Khaleesi’s are bound to live in a temple with the other widows for eternity. Rough. Drogon and Jorah will now race to save her.
- Jorah and Daario found Danny’s ring almost instantly.
Jorah and Daario follow the trail of the Dothraki and confirm they have taken Daenerys. Jorah may be a lizard if they don’t hurry up though. His arm is looking pretty bad.
- “We won’t be sailing to Westeros anytime soon”
Varys and Tyrion poorly attempt to blend in with the commoners as they walk through Meereen. The two find the Queen’s entire fleet of ships burning down in the quay. After Tyrion utters this line, fans sighed but were not surprised.
- Arya is blind so she can learn to listen.
A blind Arya gets beaten up on the street, learning she has to listen more. ‘Twas a brief scene.
- Margaery’s storyline is boring to death.
Margaery Tyrell ‘begins her path to righteousness’, still held captive by the High Sparrow.
- Melisandre is way old, bro.
Melisandre takes off her ruby necklace and reveals she is waaaaaayyyy older than she looks (and way less attractive). Some powerful magic is at play.
Needless to say there’s a lot of shit going down in Westeros. Here’s what some of our reviewers had to say about the episode.
It’s tense. Writers Benioff and Weiss are beyond The Wall, no more books to guide them. Can they pull a blinder? This is the Premiere That Was Promised- with a twist. Leaving Jon firmly dead (for now), Thrones instead developed female characters. Cersei succumbed to prophecy, Dany dealt with chains, and the ‘big reveal’ offered fresh depths to the eponymous Red Woman. Despite more sub-plots than a Frey wedding, this first instalment was sufficiently action-packed. A couple of highlights:
“It’s a bloody woman!” Just when Sansa and Theon looked like Bolton fodder, Brienne finally stormed in and kicked some righteous arse. Even Pod got a good stab in. GoT doesn’t get many “YES!” moments; this was one.
“Weak men will never rule Dorne again.” The Dornish saw more excitement in three minutes than all season five. While I’m sad to see Prince Doran skewered (a shrewd mind in the books), the repercussions for Dorne and the Sandsnakes should be gripping. A Song of Ice & Fucking-the-Patriarchy? Perhaps…
Having been someone who obsessed over the Game of Thrones novels for many year prior to the show, it is an incredibly unfamiliar feeling to enter into a new series with absolutely no idea what to expect. Diverging completely from it source material for the first time ever, Series 6 of Game of Thrones opened with a confident episode that does a solid job in finding measured resolutions to most of the cliffhangers left open at the end of Series 5, as well as offering hints towards the unpredictable and alluring route it is set to follow in the coming weeks. From the amber sands of a Dothraki camp to the broken landscape of the North, the high gardens of Meereen to the claustrophobic dungeons of Kings Landing: “The Red Woman” effortlessly captures the scale and quality one has come to expect from a show that keep getting better and better; and the best part is things are only looking to improve more and more as the Series continues. Bring it on.
The premiere of season 6 of ‘Game of Thrones’ began with as many plot points as there were plot holes. Opening with a pan shot of Jon Snow’s lifeless body and an eerie glimpse into the cold winter nights indicating that despite every death, no matter how significant, life at Westeros continues with one conflict after another. Cersei returns from her sinful past after her ‘cleansing’, only to be refueled with vengeance over her deceased daughter. Albeit, she is no longer alone as Jamie reassures viewers of what’s to come from the Lannister family this season in typical Lannister fashion (“Fuck everyone who isn’t us). On the other side of Westeros, the Sand Snakes of Dorne reignite their strengths and eliminate all those who have held Dorne back (“…weak men will never rule Dorne again”). Sansa and Theon finally catch a break, despite the hounds that sniffed them out in the first place magically disappearing, and Daenerys finds herself in familiar company amongst the Dothrakis (and their off-the-cuff banter). With brief scenes to meet the ‘every relevant character’s story’ quota, the episode served as well enough recap from last season. With most of us happy to get another dick joke from Tyrion, this episode provides several plotlines that could expand throughout the season and ends on a brief insight into the story behind the mysterious Red Lady.
Stay tuned for next week’s episode featuring dragons, Jamie meeting the High Sparrow, and HODOR!!