Series 6 of Game of Thrones kicked off last week and here we are, at episode 2 already and things are getting good. Last week contained a lot of material to refresh the minds as to what happened back in series 5 but this episode does a lot more in terms of progressing the story. As usual there is a lot going on in this episode and I would suggest watching the episode first as this post will almost certainly contain spoilers.
Episode 1: The Red Woman
Once again we begin the episode in the north but this time we are a lot further north than we have been for quite some time. Yes thats right we finally got to see Bran who hasn’t been seen since the end of series 4. His training has clearly been going well as we get to see a vision of the past with a young Ned, Benjen and Lyanna as well as finding out the greatest mystery of them all, what Hodor’s real name is.
Time is finally up for ser Davos and the men loyal to Jon Snow as Ser Alliser begins to break down the door, however it was nice to see that the wildlings got there in the nick of time. While it would have been great to have seen a bit more of a fight between the wildlings and the night’s watch men, I thought that the giant taking out that man was pretty cool and it just goes to show how week ser Alliser’s hold over them really was.
don’t want to get on his bad side
Back down south the Mountain straight up murders a man who exposed him self to cersei during her walk of shame at the end of series 5. Meanwhile Tommen had some heart felt moments with both Cersei and Jamie Lannister, the latter of which also had a confrontation of words with the head of the faith militant. There conversation may not have ended up with violence this time but at the rate things are going, there is going to be some serious conflict coming soon.
Across the narrow sea we get to see Tyrion finally getting to meet Rhaegal and Viserion, the two dragons that are currently locked up in Meereen. Well I say locked up, thanks to Tyrion that is no longer the case and now I am starting to wonder if we will ever get to see him riding on the back of one of them, all we need now if to find one more person and they will become a force to be reckoned with.
can’t look but can see
Meanwhile Arya is still blind and being beaten by the waif but if that moment at the end of the scene is anything to go by then things are certainly looking up for Arya. It was also nice to see Sansa getting an update of Arya who was last seen by Brienne when she fought the mountain plus we got a nice emotional goodbye from Theon. He has suffered considerably over the last few series and who can blame him from just wanting to go home.
Speaking of Theon’s homeland was a nice way to set us up for a return there although it wasn’t very nice for his farther Balon who gets taken out by Euron, his own brother. We only got to see him briefly in this episode which is not unexpected but I am looking forward to seeing how he compares to the Euron from the books, either way I am excited to finally see more from the Ironborn.
Family time with the Boltons
We also got to see a bit more from the Boltons who also had a change in leadership with Ramsey killing off his father. It was great to see Roose finally getting his comeuppance after killing Rob Stark in series 3 but it is just a shame that it had to be by Ramsey’s hand. Roose’s death meant that Lady Walder and her newly born son were also under threat, her death was a lot more brutal but at least the audience were spared from seeing that.
Return to Castle Black saw Ser Davos pleading with Melisandre to bring Jon Snow back from the dead. Ser Davos might not have faith in any of the many gods that are present in westeros back it was great to see the faith that he had in Melisandre. Seeing her work her magic was interesting as she tried to revive Jon Snow who has been dead for at least a day by this point, they leave it just long enough to make the audience wonder whether or not it has worked before Jon Snow bursts back into life.
Washing and talking saves the day
This weeks’s episode only mentioned Dorne in passing and cut out Margery in her cell completely which allowed for them to focus on more of what mattered. A lot of the focus is still on the north and with Jon Snow back form the dead and Sansa on her way to meet them, you know that something big is about to go down. Will Tyrion ride a dragon, what will happen to danerys and what will happen in Kings landing, guess we will have to wait till next time to find out.