Major spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 2 ahead after the trailer
Last week, one of the biggest TV shows of the decade returned. Taking us back into the world of Westeros and more interestingly, delving into uncharted territory past the events that have occurred so far in the books. The Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere proved to be rather controversial for those who have previously read the source material, as all hopes of a Dornish story to mirror the novels were put to rest rather abruptly. Further separating the timelines of the books and show into alternate versions of the same broader story.
But lets getting on to the more exciting events that happened this week in Episode 2: 'Home'...
(Final Spoiler Warning)
Clearly this season has [more of] a love for rulers being murdered by family members. After all we had Prince Doran, Leader of Dorne and his son killed last episode by the Sand Snakes and then this week both Balon Greyjoy and Roose Bolton met their end at the hands of their family's psycho respectively. Looks like a change in regime is on the horizon. But from the blood of these powerful men another has returned to life...
The Lord Commander Is Back!
The most predicted event in the history of the show has happened, Jon Snow is back from the dead. Clearly I missed his special effect that allowed him to be special summoned from the graveyard by sacrificing three city rulers. Like most fans I am happy to see he hasn't entirely followed the trend that his other family members have set before him but am also left wondering, why bring him back so fast?
After all, what did his death do to affect the story? Other than cause those loyal to him and the Wildlings to overthrow and imprison his murderers, or rather attempted murderers. Outside of the Castle Black no one seems to even know he ever died. Now while it could play into events to come, the fact is it could have worked much better to have Sansa reach The Wall to find out yet another one of her family is dead. Or have a group of White Walkers attack the castle and have Jon revived just in time to save the day with Longclaw.
It leaves his death feeling as important as a death in the MCU, a throw away plot line to shock the audience that is quickly rectified and forgotten about as things pan out in later seasons. While we all knew it was bound to happen at some point, did it really have to be after only two episodes? Surely it would have been more effective to bring him back towards the end of the season, maybe even as the opening to Season 7 to really catch people off guard. It's not like they haven't had a main character featured for a whole season before.
I guess we'll have to see how his trip to the other side plays into his story to come as the season unfolds...