Game of Thrones, Season 6 Episode 1: The Red Woman (Spoilers!)

[Bryony Wharfe | Contributing Writer]

The tension during the opening credits for the new episode of Game of Thrones was ecstatic. Then boom, the first shot fell on Jon Snow (Kit Harington) lying in his blood at Castle Black, I guess writers, David Benioff and DB Weiss, wanted to get across that the Bastard of Winterfell is stone cold. For now anyway.

Not only did Sir Davos (Liam Cunningham) and Snow’s fellow friends look devastated, Lady Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) looked on in horror at the dead body whispering: “I saw him in the flames, fighting at Winterfell.” Then, at the end of the episode after quite a few deaths and confusion as to what the hell was happening, Melisandre took off her necklace and morphed into a really, really old lady. Did Jon Snow’s death quack her faith in the Lord of Light so much that she had to look into the mirror to remember who she was? Or is this only a minor downfall, setting the foundation for her ultimate power (I mean she gave birth to a demon baby so obviously there’s some faith to hold onto).

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The Stark daughters are both in a bit of trouble with Arya (Maisie Williams) being homeless and blind, and Sansa (Sophie Turner) on the run from Ramsey Bolton’s (Iwan Rheon) men. After going against the House of Black and White. The episode showed Waif (Faye Marsay) interrupting Arya’s begging and demanding her to fight with a stick. Sansa – finally – accepted Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) as her personal protector, after she and sidekick Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) saved Sansa and Theon/Reek (Alfie Allen, I’m still unsure about him) from Ramsey’s men.  

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Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) are stuck in Meereen now because the harbour of ships was destroyed by flames set off by the rebels (would they have left anyway?) Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) encountered more problems from her Dothraki capturers and barely escaped being raped by proclaiming herself the late wife of Khal Drogo, she has been told that she has to live the rest of her days in the barbarian capital, Vaes Dothrak. Will this force of marital law make her storyline a little less boring than it’s been in the past few years? Let’s hope so.

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As much as most people despise Cersei Lannister’s (Lena Headey) mean ways, the walk of shame in the previous season made us all feel a bit sorry for her, especially now after seeing her grieve for another dead child, Myrcella (Aimee Richardson). While Cersei showed tenderness towards Myrcella’s kind heart, Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) only spoke of revenge. Vengeance is most definitely on the way…

In November, I predicted that a certain witch would be mentioned again. As per my prediction, Cersei told Jaime about how the witch foresaw the death of her three children, but what the witch also said was: “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” ‘Valonqar’ meaning little brother. If this is to come anytime soon, then Jamie is at the top of the suspect list as Tyrion is nowhere to be seen.

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That may be a bit far of a jump into the plot; villains seem to be dropping as fast as heroes as always, so perhaps we’ll see some action from her new bodyguard first (any bets it’s The Mountain?) Anyhow the episode as a whole was fantastic and really opened up the cliffhangers that were left at the end of Season Five; I don’t want to believe it’ll all be over again in a few months or so.

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Game of Thrones, Season 6 Episode 1: The Red Woman (Spoilers!)