WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones season 6 episode 1, “The Red Woman.”
Last season on Game Of Thrones we saw some pretty heavy storylines and tonight we got to see the continuation of them. The question on everyone’s mind of course, “Is Jon Snow dead or alive?” Before we get to that however let’s catch up with a few storylines.
On the fifth season finale, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), was seen jumping for her only chance at freedom with “Reek” aka Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) in an attempt to escape her husband, Ramsay Bolton, and the torture she endured at his hands; including rape. Theon too was trying to escape the horrors inflicted by Bolton (Iwan Rheon) and possibly redeem himself from betraying the Starks and Sansa herself in the process.
After killing Stannis Baratheon, the kickass swordswoman Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) is left looking for a way to rescue Sansa from Winterfell. But it proves more difficult than it seems and after failing to save her we are left waiting for Brienne’s next move.
Tonight, we saw both Sansa and Theon fleeing for there lives only to be found by Bolton’s men. Theon, once again, tried to redeem himself by distracting the men and giving Sansa the opportunity to continue running. This proved unnecessary however as Brienne finally caught up with them. Brienne then pledged her allegiance to Sansa and Sansa agreed.
Meanwhile, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was going through assassin training with the Faceless Men last season but ultimately faltered when she was unable to forget her old life and become a “no one”. In the finale, she ended up killing Ser Meryn Trant, who supposedly killed her old teacher Syria Forel. The only problem with that is that she went against the Faceless Men in doing so and she was punished with blindness as a result.
Tonight we saw Arya begging on the streets for money while listening to the sounds swirl around her before she was thrown a stick and told to fight. No longer confident in herself because of her blindness, Arya was unable to focus and lost the round against Waif, who she met while training.
And what of the Mother of Dragons? Well, last season after taking over control of the city of Meereen, Khaleesi (Emilia Clarke) found herself faced with the possibility of death only to be rescued by one of her dragons (the one not locked up). Unfortunately, the dragon dropped her on land in the middle of nowhere.
In the premiere episode, Daenerys was captured by Dothraki warriors and brought to their leader, Khal Moro (Joe Naufahu). She was underestimated and threatened but bounced back by acknowledging her connection to Khal Drogo, her dead husband, who was a Khal (warlord). Dothraki law states that a widower of a fallen Khal shall not be harmed by another. She was released but told she has to go where all the Dothraki widows go, Vaes Dothrak.
Finally! Jon Snow.
On last season’s finale, “Mother’s Mercy” we saw Jon Snow (Kit Harington) betrayed, stabbed and bleeding out after being attacked by members of the Night’s Watch. The fans have since been a big ball of questioning as to if Jon Snow was gone for good or if there was some way to bring him back.
“Mother’s Mercy,” sadly did not give the answer many fans were hoping for but there’s still time. It appears Jon Snow is truly dead but there may be a possibility to resurrect him somehow. I’m thinking it has something to do with the Red Woman or the Direwolf .
You can read a bit more about Jon Snow’s fate after last night’s premiere here.
This season of Game Of Thrones is just beginning but I think it’s safe to say Winter has finally come.