Game of Thrones season 6 has just started and I couldn’t be more excited, the first episode continued with the stories from last season and inserted a few new twists as well. The Red Woman is an incredible start to what I am sure will be an absolutely amazing season of television but remember there two things that are true here, this post contains spoilers and Winter is Coming.
Episode 2: Homecoming
Ever since the show first started I have been fascinated by the story and its characters, I have also been incredibly interested by the changes they had to make when adapting it from The Song of ice and Fire Books. Over the last few series they have been diverging more and more from the books with many of the characters already completing their story lines which means that as of now I have no clue as to what is going to happen next.
Aside from a couple of story lines I am now in the same boat as the fans who have only watched the show which makes a change, you know what I am actually looking forward to being as surprised and heart broken as everyone else will surely be by the end. Some of the things that I am most looking forward to are the fate of Jon Snow, Daenerys next moves and finding out what Bran Stark has been doing all this time.
Speaking of Jon Snow, the episode opens with his Corpse being found by Ser Davos (who is quickly becoming one of my favourite characters) and members of the Night’s Watch who are loyal to their Lord Commander. Having all of them together with Ghost (the Direwolf) and lady Melisandre provided for a dramatic opening and with Thorne assuming command combined with his threat, I am sure that there is going to be a good fight and a lot of drama.
We had a brief glimpse of Ramsey and his father Roose Bolton at Winterfell discussing strategy and the need to capture Sansa before seeing the lady in question as she attempts to evade capture with the help of Theon. Luckily for them Brienne and Pod arrived just in time to save them from their doomed fate at the hands of the Bolton’s men, an act which saw Brienne accepted into the service of Sansa with a little bit of help from Pod of course.
Meanwhile back in Kings Landing we get a very brief scene with Lady Margery who is still stuck in a cell, no idea what is happening with her character but hopefully we won’t have to wait to long to find out. Jamie Lannister returns to the capitol and Cersei with Myrcella’s body and even though we didn’t get long with them in this episode, the words they spoke gave a good indication about what is to come.
It wouldn’t be Game of Thrones with out a few deaths with Areo Hotah, Doran and Trystane all being betrayed by Ellaria and the Sand Snakes. The dornish storyline added something a bit different to the show although it didn’t go down that well last season, it will be interesting to see what lessons the show has learnt from that experience and what this storyline will add to the show as a whole.
Over in Meereen Tyrion and Varys take a walk around their new domain and all the problems they inherited with it. When these two actors are on screen together it is easy to see the chemistry between them and it is one of the reasons why they are one of my favourite parings on the entire show.
Jorah and Dario have also partnered up as the continue to track Daenerys and I can’t wait to see what happens when they catch up to her. Meanwhile Daenerys attempts to use her long list of titles to intimidate Kahl Moro which gets her nowhere but her identity as the widow of the former Kahl Drogo does, however she is still far from being safe and her goal of conquering the seven kingdoms of westeros.
We also touch base with Arya who is living on the streets on Braavos after being blinded at the end of season 5. This is one of the few story lines that I still know something about through the books and I can’t wait to see whether the show makes any changes to what I remember happening to her. However even though it is clear that Arya still has a lot to learn we don’t get to spend that long with her, I guess we will have to wait a little long for that part of the story.
Last but not least we revisited Castle Black and one particular inhabitant, the lady Melisandre who ended the show with a rather intriguing reveal. I have no idea what it might mean for her character or the people at Castle Black but revealing her true self was a great way to end the first episode of season 6 which as the title suggested was all about The Red Woman.
Overall I have to say that I thought this was a great way to open season 6 with a lot of stories being continued from last time and a couple of new twists and turns thrown in. Ignorance is bliss or so the saying goes although I don’t think you will have to much of that, especially where Games of Thrones is concerned but one saying is true, The North Remembers.