The sun rises on Game of Thrones Season 6, with Episode 1 "The Red Women". And after nine months of waiting, we start to see that not all is broken beyond repair
Ghost's howls of mourning sound at the start of the Season 6 premiere, as Castle Black fades into view and we finally get the clarification we've been dreading, Jon Snow is dead. At first, our hopes were lifted as we saw Kit Harrington's name appear in the opening credits, that perhaps he would be back with fire in his eyes and vengeance in his heart, all prepped and ready to give Olly and Ser Alliser a piece of his mind. Sadly, not. He is right where we left him. Ghost wakes Ser Davos, and upon seeing Jon's frozen body, enlists the help of Jon's REAL friends, to take his body away from the hands of the watchmen who betrayed him. But, as they carry his body elsewhere, it seems that there's something Davos sees in the blood Jon's body leaves behind. In his chamber, Melisandre, who found herself at the end of Season 5 without a king or a purpose, enters and to no one in particular, says of Jon: "I saw him in the flames, fighting at Winterfell" Acting as the voice of realism, Ser Davos states: "I can't speak for the flames, but he's gone."
As stated when the latest Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere photos were released, Jon Snow is not the only person who we should concern ourselves with, sorry Jon. Viewers are then taken to Winterfell with Ramsay showing signs of sadness, rather than sadism, as he bereaves the loss of his lover, childhood friend and fellow torturer, Myranda. He swears to avenge her death and instructs that her body be fed to the hounds. So sweet. However, Ramsay's position is now strained since his wife, Sansa Stark, escaped Winterfell and is currently running across The North with Theon, towards Castle Black to safety (or so they think). Ramsay's father cares only that Sansa is brought back so that she may give the Boltons an heir, if his own wife doesn't get there first that is. Thinking that they have found a safe spot to rest, Sansa and Theon are ambushed by Ramsay's bloodthirsty hounds and merciless henchmen. All seems lost but then enters the golden-haired goddess Brienne of Tarth!
Fucking finally. Someone has thrown Sansa a bone in the form of one of, if not the best warrior Game of Thrones has ever seen, and Pod... After butchering Ramsay's men, Brienne catches her breath and proudly vows (for the second time), to protect our red-headed Stark, a vow that Sansa finally accepts. Commence happy tears. Next stop on this roller-coaster of emotions is King's Landing, where Cersei is seen mourning the loss of her hair. As she hears word of Jaime's ship coming into dock at the Red Keep, all seems to be well with the world until she sees Jaime standing in front of their daughter Myrcella's coffin. Those hair struggles don't seem to tragic now do they?
Cersei's nemesis and Queen to King Tommen, Margery, is right where we left her, in prison, being hounded by the woman who single-handedly changed the way the world hears the word 'shame'. The High Sparrow then enters, advising: "You’ve started down the path, but there are many miles to go." Margery still refuses to confess her sins, but we can see she's starting to weaken. In true Game of Thrones fashion, we get barely enough time to grasp the gravity of each situation before being flung across the Seven Kingdoms to the next character. We now find ourselves in Dorne, where Ellaria is seen speaking with Prince Doran before staging a shocking (but not altogether unexpected) coup by stabbing him in the chest. As he bleeds to death, Ellaria calmly promises: "Weak men will never rule Dorne again." Cut to the Sand Snakes who simultaneously murder Doran's son, Trystane. Should we be expecting a war between Dorne and King's Landing this season?
Heading across the narrow sea to Meereen, Tyrion and Varys bring some welcome friendly banter to the screen and come to grips with the aftermath of the riots and the departure of Daenerys. However they then turn a corner to see Meereen in flames. Much work is yet to be done. Ser Jorah and Daario have left Meereen in search of Daenerys, and upon finding her wedding ring amongst the tracks of the Dothraki horde, their fears are realised as they understand that she's been taken captive.
On the road to Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys is looking a little worse for wear, as she is being whipped and mocked (bad idea, guys), by two horsemen who then introduce her to their Kahl. Never have we missed Kahl Drogo as much as we do right now. Daenerys tells him that she is Drogo's widow and that she wishes to be taken back to Meereen. The Kahl refuses and informs Dany that she'll be welcomed as the newest addition to the Temple of the Dosh Khaleen, where she will live out her days as a widow. Ser Jorah and Daario need to get a move on! Take a sneak peek of next week's Game of Thrones episode, where Daenerys is welcomed home.
In Braavos, Arya is seen blind, begging for money and expelled from the House of Black and White, that is until The Waif finds her and forcefully reinstates her training. She has never been closer to becoming 'no one' as she is now. Jon Snow, however, is most definitely still somebody. As Davos and Alliser argue over his corpse, they seemingly strike up an agreement that Davos can go free, with Melisandre at his side. The Red Woman, however, seems to have given up on any hopes she had for Jon Snow. Stripping down to nothing but her skin, even removing her choker, she reveals herself in her true form, an old, withered woman, whose only resolution for the situation is to crawl into bed. During this scene there was a repeated close-up of a vile of liquid on her dressing table, does this signal a resignation or a rebirth we wonder?
Images courtesy of Binge Whale