We Need To Take A Minute
Reaction and Questions for Game of Thrones S6 Premiere
By Alec Herrera 6:04 P.M. MST
It was quite a night. There was everything. Mutiny, politicking, poisoning, Dothraki riders, a daring rescue, a blind-girl beat-down, and a naked old woman. What more could one ask of a season premier? Yes, once again one of television’s best shows returned Sunday as Game of Thrones kicked off season 6 and like any big time episode, the internet was all over it. So now that some time has passed, some pressure has left our bodies, let’s take a step back and understand just what the hell happened and what we need to know. Spoilers for the premier ahead.
Jon Snow can’t be dead. He can’t be. Can he?
Yeah, we’ve heard this before. Despite my cable provider’s episode synopsis enthusiastically saying “Jon Snow’s fate is revealed,” we still don’t know where his story is heading. Jon Snow is dead, we know that much. Stiff as a board. Dead Snow. But that can’t possibly be it, can it? Good ol’ Davos has to holding onto Snow’s body for a reason, right? I mean Snow is one of the biggest good guys in the whole show. The knight in furry black armor. The rascally-haired hero of the north. The Scooby Doo to Alliser Thorne’s Old Man Withers. Something’s brewing for Snow, but we’re still no closer to knowing if he’s actually done. That said, it’s only a part of what’s happening in castle black as we’re all starting to get into what will likely be an intense power struggle in the Night’s Watch. Needless to say, the Wall is bustling.
Reek, Sansa, Brienne, and Podrick come together and I smell road trip.
Brienne has had a pretty rough go of it. Every time she looks for a Stark they either run away or tell her to go away, but it looks like she’s finally going to get a chance to bring home a Stark girl. Sansa and the new Theon continue their escape from House Bolton, crossing frozen rivers, hiding, and in Theon’s case, twitching to no end. But lo-and-behold, Brienne comes in for the save of the century, kicking ass left and right. Oh yeah, and Podrick showed up to stab a guy. All good stuff, but where do they go from there? The group is ripe for wacky shenanigans scarring moments (the two biggest staples of the show), but they’re all a far way from any actual sanctuary unless Little Finger returns to the fold. Either way, Brienne’s road trips are always a fun watch and now she has a cast of characters to actually command.
Far out places and far out faces
Speaking frankly, the Dorne storyline pretty much sucked in season five. It was dragged out too long, the ending seemed obvious, and some components were just missing. But that’s all over now, because things just moved on in a big way. Basically the Sand clan just cleaned house and things are all fresh for the picking. A little underwhelming in how quickly a big piece of season five and books was swept under the rug, but the plot moves onto bigger and better things. Speaking of bigger and hairier things, the Dothraki are back and still styling their immaculate facial hair. Daenerys has found herself with the riders once more but has the confidence she didn’t have last time. Of course that confidence got her nowhere, just giving those Dothraki a hearty laugh. What actually got her somewhere was a good Khal Drogo name-drop, landing her a fresh spot in the Khaleesi retirement home. Dany’s been ran through the wringer lately, but now that’s she’s on her own, it’s going to be interesting to see how her worldly travels have actually benefitted. Will the Dothraki take part in her larger scheme? Or are they just another deterrent?
We need to talk about the Red Woman.
In case you didn’t hear, Melisandre is old. In case you forgot, the internet is here to help you out, as always. The Red Woman has been up to no good for pretty much her entire existence on the show, but now we learn that even the way she looked is a complete lie. As the big twist at the end of premier this has got people talking and asking “what does it mean?” and it’s a valid question. What does this say about her magic? How was Melisandre bathing without the necklace? Is it the necklace? How does this actually change anything? It’s all very intriguing and all a big part of the whole Jon Snow predicament. Can she possibly do something to bring back our beloved bastard? It’s a great setup and a great lingering question for the start of season 6.
These were only a few of the big developments in what was a solid premier, but things only figure to get crazier. Now with this season having practically no book material to draw from, GoT is working on its own without known answers, making season six one of the most uncertain, unpredictable, and possibly exciting seasons in TV. All I know is if the premier is the standard for the rest of the season, we’re in for a ride.