A super late review of the first episode of Game of Thrones season 6. Tomorrow I’ll be posting the second episode review in a more timely fashion. But first here is my review of the season 6 premiere.
After waiting almost a year we’re back in Westeros to find out Jon Snow’s fate…and he’s still dead. For now anyway. I may be stuck in denial but I still believe Jon Snow will be resurrected at some point this season. But for the moment he’s dead and it’s poor Davos who finds his body and alerts the few men of the Night’s Watch of the news. You wonder how they are going to get out of this mess what with being the new Commander. I don’t know how much the wildlings will help or if they will be able to in time. I think Melisandre will be more useful but she seems to be in the middle of a crisis of faith. But more on her later.
Sansa and Theon finally get some good luck. It’s not often good things happen on this show so when Brienne and Pod turn up and slay Ramsay’s men I almost punched the air in joy. I’m sure more misery will be heaped upon them soon but for now we can celebrate their good fortune.
Cersai does not get much good news as she learns of her daughter’s death. I almost very sorry for her. Almost. But this is Cersei so I’m sure she’ll be back to her old ways soon. Once she gets revenge of the High Sparrow ( whose still holding poor Margery) then Dorne and the Sand Snakes will be next. Speaking of Dorne (if I must) the Sand Snakes are still dull and underdeveloped but at least now they’ve killed Myrcella, Doran and Trystane they can hopefully move on from this boring revenge plot. One can only hope.
In Meereen Tyrion and Varys take a walk round the city. Can’t we just have more scenes of their banter instead of going back to Dorne again? Witty lines and misunderstandings of eating babies aside an actual plot development happens when Daenerys’ ships are burnt. I guess this means another delay in getting Daenerys to Westeros. Well if they can get her back from the Dothraki.
Then there’s Arya who has gone from would be assassin to blind street begged getting beaten up by the annoying waif. I’m guessing this is just another secret trial or test of character but will Arya learn her lesson quickly enough?
The episode ends on Melisandre looking despondent as she looks in the mirror and undresses. Just another gratuitous nudity scene from GoT right? That is until she takes off her necklace and bam she’s suddenly an old woman. I suspected that Melisandre was older than she appeared but I didn’t realize she was putting on a glamour. It makes sense though that she would pretend to be youthful and beautiful in order to enchant those around her. After all she wouldn’t have been able to bewitch Stannis make that demon baby/assassin with him if she looked how she really did. She’s not my favorite character after her part in killing Stannis daughter but for the sake of potentially bringing Jon Snow back-pull it together woman and kick some Night’s Watch ass!
What did you think of the episode? Was it a good season premier? Is Jon Snow really dead dead? Is it the audience who really know nothing? Let me know in the comments below.