More importantly, John Snow’s fate – Game of Thrones Season 6 ep 1 The Red Woman

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After a long and destitute year of waiting to hear about the fates of our favorite characters, Game of Thrones is back with Season 6 and their first episode The Red Woman. I thought that they would leave us panting for more on Jon Snows fate, but the episode opens up at the wall, where the rest of the night’s watch, that didn’t betray him, has discovered his body.

Davos and the few that didn’t participate in Snow’s death, are beside themselves with grief, because they were helped by Snow or experienced his kindness at one point or another in their lives. Melisandre senses what has happened and comes to see Snow and admits that she saw him fighting at Winterfell when she looked into the fire. But at this point, Melisandre has to be doubting herself. Stannis Baratheon is presumed dead and nothing she has said thus far has happened. It’s not really her fault or the fault of the god of light. When she did the sacrifices to secure Stannis’ throne, there may have been some misguidance from his wife. It seems that his child was not his child and that caused Melisandre’s efforts to fail.

Is Jon Snow really going to stay dead? I don’t think so. Melisandre is going to have to redeem herself and reviving such a leader would be a start. Plus, I’ve never seen a dead body have so much time on screen without any news on when they are going to set him to rest. Something-is-a-brewing. And if there is nothing more to Jon Snow’s life, then I will openly boycott this show. I kid you not.

Alliser Thorne openly admits to having killed Jon Snow to everyone at breakfast (or lunch, not sure what time it was.) I like my bravery with pancakes too. He wants to take over the night’s watch and anyone that is not on board is not welcome. No sign of that runt Olly either. Everyone who is appalled by Snow’s death ends up shacking up with Davos. Thorne knocks at his door, requesting that the remainder of the nights watch join him, or die, and Davos head back to the seven kingdoms. Davos’ only request: Mutton. He’s not much of a hunter and will need food to get back into town.

I don’t buy this for a second. Davos is up to something. He’s not going to leave the wall without causing some havoc. It has never been his style.

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Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister (Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO)

Cersei sees the boat that will bring her lover/brother and her daughter home. For a moment, she is at ease, even with everything she has been through, but then she realizes that her daughter isn’t standing next to Jaime. Myrcella was killed by the sand snakes. Her father is bringing home another body to bury in the family plot. And while Jaime is all about unity within the family right now, Cersei is severely crushed on losing another one of her children.

It is the only side of Cersei that we ever get to see that seems human– her love for her children. It makes you want to feel bad for her in the midst of everything she has done to innocent people, including her younger brother. That means that her revenge won’t go well, although its the only thing that I would be okay with, coming from her. Because any time we feel just a little sympathy, something always goes terribly wrong.

Margery is in the prisons of the Sparrows. She is being shamed by one of their nuns and gets an unexpected visit from the high sparrow himself. He wants her to repent for her sins. When she says she has nothing to repent for, he asks if she believes she is pure and completely without sin. There is no balance in his judgement. It’s either your a complete sinner or you have to prove that you are as pure as water. Margery is only worried about her brother and the sparrows will not share information without a confession, which she is too strong for. Also, King Tommen misses his wife and the sparrow pretends to care about their relationship and marriage, as a holy union.

Ramsey has found the body of that girl that was dedicated to him. She died when Sansa and Reek escaped. He vows to avenge her death with so much sentiment, that he almost tricked me into believing he had a soul. Later, he directed her body to be fed to the dogs because there was too much good meat to let it go to waste. Same ‘ol Ramsey.

Roose Bolton has threatened Ramsey’s position if he doesn’t get a hold of their pawns in their plans to acquire more land and subjects. Sansa and Theon are heirs to Winterfell and the Iron islands, they can’t barter if they don’t have the two in their possessions. Before Ramsey could even confirm that he has men in the forest working on their capture, Bolton threatens Ramsey with some unclear unfortunateness. He is very willing to pass on his legacy to someone else. Ramsey is finally starting to sweat and I’m loving every drop.

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Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy (Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO)

Sansa and Theon are flying through the woods with rabid dogs at their heals. Only Sansa is not strong enough to make it, and Theon decides to confront the guards to bring about a diversion. Like something out of a story with real happy endings, Brienne shows up with Poddrick and slices up Ramsey’s men. Brienne swears her allegiance to Sansa, and Sansa knights her. We are finally on the right track. Whatever that is. Where they will be headed to next is a complete mystery to me. I’m sure Ramsey has an enemy somewhere, who would be a great ally.

All hell has been unleashed in Dorne. When the memo finally comes in to Doran of Myrcella’s death, the sand sisters kill him and his men. No longer will weak men rule their country, as said loosely by Ellaria. Trystane, who was on another ship with the remaining sand sisters, also dies, when they force a stick through the back of his head. The sand sisters will now rule Dorne and will declare war on those that they feel betrayed them. That means Cersei. If they come for her, King’s landing will have no way to defend itself, with such a weakened monarchy.

Tyrion had been left to rule in Daenerys’ absence and is a bit stressed over the Khalessi’s sinking popularity. Varys is working on an end to the harpy problem that caused Dany to fly away on her dragon. He believes there is one main person the harpies are taking orders from. His web of spies is being put to use in finding who this person is. Before they can arrange for anything else, they both discover Dany’s fleet of ships burning to a crisp. Even is Dany makes it back, they won’t be making any moves to Westerns any time soon.

Photo: Joe Naufahu as Khal Moro and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)
Photo: Joe Naufahu as Khal Moro and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)

Speaking of Dany, she has been taken captive by the Dothraki, her former people. This particular group is not familiar with her at all and the men are more interested in who would have the pleasure of sexually assaulting her. The women are jealous enough to want her head to be cut off. What will they do with Dany? They bring her to the Khal. She catches them all off guard when she reveals that she speaks their language quite well. She name drops Khal Drogo and has sealed her fate on the island of widows. Women who have lost their Khal all live on this island. Well, it’s better then rape and death.

Jonah and Daario discovered the area that Dany had been resting with her dragon, after she fled the harpies in the stadium. Jonah discovers Dany’s bracelet and realizes that she was taken by the Dothraki. Now they will have to go on another expedition in search of Dany within the Dothraki tribes. Hopefully, Jorah won’t touch anyone. I have not forgotten that he has greyscale.

 

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Faye Marsay as The Waif and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)

Arya is living a horrible existence. Not because she is blind, but because the retched girl that has been a nuisance to her, is the one who is training her. She pretty much beats her up with a sticking and then leaves. I know she’s going to break through this and battle it out like no other warrior we have ever seen, but can we like fast-forward to that part already? Arya’s training has taken many many minutes away from our lives.

Finally, we get a glimpse of the real Melisandre. Melisandre heads back to her room to call it a night and undresses before a mirror. When she takes off her necklace, she transforms into a frail old woman. She is rumored to be hundreds of years old and it would make sense that she used the god of light to make herself young. I’m hoping the necklace remains on for the remainder of this show. She looked so fragile and afraid, that it’s scary that she’s the one I’m hoping saves Snow.

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