It's that time of year again ladies and gents. Time for thousands of fans to tune in to one of the greatest shows in the history of television! I'm of course talking about the lovely brainchild of George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones!
Season 6 of Game of Thrones is finally here, and it's chock full of the action, drama and "OH GOD!" moments that we've come to expect from the HBO original. Fans have been painstakingly waiting for this season, and now we can all finally enjoy it.
It's worth noting that this is the first time in the show's history where NOBODY has any idea what's going to happen! That's right, due to G.R.R.M not yet finishing the sixth book (it's okay George, take your time, but please hurry the heck up), the writers of this season are taking several liberties, ultimately coming up with a story that'll be a little different from the one happening in the books.
Gone are the days where your book-savvy friend could potentially spoil a major plot point for you! For someone who's read the books, this just makes the show even more interesting.
Now I get to just sit back and relax, without worrying about knowing about a certain plot twist because I've read it in the book!
So now that Season 6 is here, and we're all officially in the dark about what terrors lie in it, I can get to recapping it, and finding out if it answers any of our questions. Do Sansa and Theon escape? Does a certain fan-favorite come back? Does Tyrion continue to be the funniest person in the GoT universe? Let's find out!
[WARNING! MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR THE GAME OF THRONES EPISODE, 'THE RED WOMAN', COMING UP!]
The Wall - Jon In The Snow
We begin the episode at (thankfully) The Wall. I'm glad that the writers of the show realized that if they started this episode in literally any other place, viewer interest would drop faster than...characters in Game of Thrones.
Speaking of dropped GoT characters, JON SNOW IS STILL DEAD! Yep, the episode starts off with a grim reminder of how the last season ended, with Jon Snow lying dead in the snow.
Now, I'm one of the many, many people who just refuses to believe he's dead. It just doesn't make much sense after all. They've set Jon up as the hero, the leader of the Night's Watch, who will save the world from the threat of the White Walkers. Not to mention the fact that Melisandre is there with her black magic (more on her later)! Unfortunately, the episode begins with The Lord Commander still dead, only for him to be discovered by Ser Davos and a couple of faithful friends of Jon's.
Davos and the small number of Night's Watchmen who still support Jon Snow, which includes Dolorous Edd, take Jon inside, along with his howling direwolf, Ghost. One of the many theories behind Jon Snow's inevitable revival (it WILL happen guys!) is that Jon is a Warg, and that he transports his spirit into Ghost just before dying.
Of course, no evidence is shown in this episode to prove that, and Ghost seems to be his normal self as he sits there guarding his former master in a mournful state. Though that could just be Jon in Ghost's body, seriously not looking forward to life as a wolf.
Regardless, Jon Snow is dead, at least for now, murdered in his prime by Alliser Thorne and a group of traitorous Watch Brothers. You're probably wondering how the rest of the Night's Watch finds out who killed their Lord Commander. Well, Thorne tells them. No, really.
Alliser Thorne called a meeting for all of the Night's Watch to inform them that he and a couple of other people straight up murdered their Commander. He wasn't pressured into confessing (especially not by some nun), and he wasn't caught red-handed by Davos or anyone else either. He just confessed in the most nonchalant way ever.
Which kind of makes you wonder, what was his plan? Did he seriously think that he could just confess to killing the Lord Commander in cold blood? Now, I'm not as fluent in the rules of the Night's Watch as a certain Samwell Tarly is, but I'm pretty sure stabbing your leader to death is a big no-no in most factions.
Luckily for Thorne, the people of the Night's Watch more or less agree with his reasoning. What was his reasoning you ask? To put it simply: "I didn't like what he was planning, so I killed him to save us all from his rational thinking". Yeah...honestly, by now I'm just hoping that the White Walker's take The Wall and everyone in it. Especially Olly- I really, REALLY, do not like Olly!
Anyway, that's the beginning of this episode. We shall return to The Wall once again, but first, it's off to the icy landscape of Winterfell for the next part of this recap!
Winterfell - Sansa And Theon's Great Escape!
Last season, we saw Reek snap out of his brainwashed state and become Theon once more! After doing so, he rescued Sansa, and the two of them jumped off of the walls of Castle Bolton at Winterfell—how they survived the fall is beyond me!
But nevertheless, they survived! After a brief reminder that Ramsay is terrible, and that his right to the throne is gone without Sansa, we reunite with the two escapees.
Sansa and Theon are seen running through an icy forest, with Bolton's knights and hounds close behind. Despite going through great lengths to escape- including traversing a freezing river and hiding in an old tree- Sansa and Theon are ultimately caught by Bolton's men. Luckily, they were saved by an old-fashioned Brienne of Tarth Ex-Machina!
Brienne and Podrick coming to rescue Sansa and Theon is one of the coolest moments of this episode! Brienne taking out knights left and right, with Podrick getting a few stellar hits in as well— it really was a great scene.
It was also the closest we'll ever get to a happy and feel-good moment in the show. Theon finally remembered who he was, and even attempted to sacrifice himself to save Sansa's life. Also, Brienne FINALLY managed to keep an oath, so really, congratulations all around!
Witnessing Brienne's (and Podrick's) mighty heroics, Sansa finally agrees to let Brienne protect her. It's unclear about what these four are going to do next, but it's likely that they'll be heading to The Wall to see Sansa's brother, Jon Snow. Unfortunately, since Sansa hasn't exactly been able to keep up with the times as Ramsay Bolton's wife/prisoner, she's in for some pretty terrible news soon...
King's Landing - Cersei's Destiny
Now it's time to venture to King's Landing to check in with everyone's favorite Evil Queen Mother, Cersei Lannister! In all honesty, I really despise the character of Cersei with a passion, but even I wouldn't wish recent terrible events on her.
She's been beaten, jailed, shamed, and now she's lost another child- way to kick Cersei while she's down, Game of Thrones! As we all expected, Myrcella- the daughter of Cersei and Jaime Lannister- did not survive the fateful kiss she received from Ellaria Sand in Dorne.
Cersei hears that Jaime is back from Dorne, and because the messenger either didn't know himself- or, like all of us, he just really didn't like the Queen Mother- Cersei runs to the boat expecting to be reunited with her beloved daughter.
After realizing the truth, a mournful Cersei goes into a rather heartbreaking speech about thinking about her daughter's corpse decaying and the inevitability of her fate. It's all pretty grim stuff.
In case you didn't know, Cersei's prophecy was given to her by a witch when she was a child. The witch basically told her that she would have three children, and that they would all die. So far, she's lost two of the three, with poor King Tommen being the only living child.
Tommen, unlike his brother Joffrey, is actually a pretty nice kid, so here's hoping that the witch was wrong about Cersei's destiny. Anyway, after her speech, Jaime embraces her and tells her that fate and destiny don't matter. He promises her that they will overcome all of their enemies in the end. With the Franken-Mountain on her side, that's entirely possible.
Before we leave King's Landing, I suppose I should give an update on the status of Margaery Tyrell, the newlywed wife of King Tommen who, during the last season, was imprisoned by the religious cult known as the Sparrows.
Uh...she's...still in prison. Really, nothing much happened to her in this episode. She asked what happened to Loras (who still hasn't made another appearance), and was told countless times to confess. Nothing else really happened to the poor Tyrell. Although, it did seem like she was break a bit near the end of the scene. Can Margaery stay strong any longer? Or is it only a matter of time before she confesses?
Dorne - The Martell Curse
Wow, it's REALLY bad being a Martell huh? First, Oberyn Martell's sister is killed by The Mountain, so he goes to seek his revenge, but he's gruesomely murdered in the process.
And now, as if that scene wasn't traumatizing enough, the writers of GoT decided to make the scenes in Dorne one big murder-fest! Killing Doran and his son Trystane quickly and with no remorse, Ellaria and her Sand Snakes stage a successful coup and promptly take over Dorne.
I've been pretty disappointed with the way the show has handled Dorne, because compared to the books, it's barely even touched it. So when Doran and his son died, it was a tragic moment, but not as tragic as it would have been if we actually knew more about them. Still, it'll be interesting to see the war between Cersei and Ellaria unfurl, now that there isn't anyone in either place to put out the fire.
Meereen - Dany and the Dothraki
After a short and admittedly pointless scene featuring Tyrion and Varys, which ended in their boats going up in flames (no doubt because of the Sons of the Harpy), we find ourselves with Daenerys Targaryen.
Dany has been held captive by a Dothraki tribe, who waste no time in insulting and demeaning her in their native tongue. Dany is eventually taken to the Khal of the tribe, and after revealing that she can speak their language and that she is the widow of Khal Drogo, she immediately gets into his good graces.
Unfortunately for Dany, that's not a very good thing. While revealing that she's Khal Drogo's widow protects her from being touched by anyone in the tribe, it doesn't necessarily assure her safe travel back to Mereen. She apparently has to go to Vaes Dothrak, where all Khal widows go to spend the rest of their lives. Here's hoping Jorah and Daario can find her, but with Jorah stopping to unsubtly check his infection every five minutes, I don't think that's going to happen very soon.
Braavos - Arya Murdock
Arya is still blind. That's it! No, really, that's pretty much it. Arya is still having trouble adjusting to a (maybe permanent?) way of life, begging for coins on the streets of Braavos. In case you don't remember, Arya's current blind state is punishment for killing someone who she wasn't required to kill last season.
Anyway, the Waif- who we also saw last season- comes in to promptly beat blind Arya with a stick, because GoT has no mercy. It seems like Arya's current state may be permanent, and the Waif is training her to fight without her sight—like some sort of Medieval Matt Murdock. Somebody call Marvel!
Back To The Wall - The Red Woman's Reveal
Before the episode ends, we venture to The Wall one last time. After the reveal that Alliser and co. killed Jon Snow, Davos and the others prepare to defend themselves and the body of Snow. It's too bad that there's only a handful of Night's Watchmen who are still loyal to Jon Snow, and there's no way they can hold their own against an entire army of Night's Watchmen who aren't loyal.
Having to think fast, Edd goes to find help, presumably in the form of either the Wildlings or the Red Woman herself. Speaking of the Red Woman, Melisandre gave the episode its most shocking reveal!
Just before the episode ends, Melisandre, saddened by the death of Jon Snow and coming to terms with the possibility that what she believes in is false, removes her robes and the fire-red gem she wears on her neck. After doing so, she transforms into an extremely old lady, hinting that her power may come from that gem she's always wearing. Here's hoping that magical gem has enough power to resurrect the dead!
So that's it for this recap of the Game of Thrones season 6 premiere, 'The Red Woman'! Final thoughts?
A lot of stuff happened in this episode, but in hindsight, nothing really happened at all. Like previous GoT season premieres, this one was used to get the ball rolling, and to pick up the pieces dropped by the last season.
We got a lot of teases for potentially great plots, but nothing really came to fruition in this episode. Not to mention, while I love the writers behind this show and have always thought they've done a stellar job, the absence of George R. R. Martin's story-telling was noticeable.
All in all, there's nothing wrong with this episode, it just didn't do enough to be all that interesting. Still, it served its purpose, and I can't say I'm not excited to see what happens next time on Game of Thrones!
Thanks For Reading!
What was your favorite moment in this episode?