Sunday night was a pretty big night for all of us who have been waiting for nearly a darned year to find out the fate of all our favourite characters on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
In fact, with so much secrecy surrounding the Season 6 premiere (not even press were given screeners this time around) Sunday night felt a little extra special since no one had any clue what was going to happen.
To be honest, we still don’t. Now that the series has surpassed the George R.R. Martin books on which they’re based, it seems as though anything is on the table heading into the next nine episodes of the season. In the meantime, the premiere answered some of our pressing questions, while leaving us with many, many more. Warning, don’t read on if you have yet to watch the episode.
1. How old is The Red Woman anyhow?
Okay, can we please talk about that epic final scene for a second? As in, let’s just throw everything we thought we knew about Melisandre out the damned window, because WTF. Aside from the fact that her necklace is apparently what keeps her young and beautiful, she’s also discovered the secret to never dying. Maybe it has something to do with staying away from mutton. And now that Jon Snow is dead (he’s dead, dead, dead guys), she seems to have lost all hope. That scene was sad, shocking and completely unexpected. No wonder the actress, Carice van Houtem, spent six hours in the makeup chair and used an 80-year-old body double for the episode.
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2. But really, when is she going to resurrect Jon Snow?
We all know this is coming, because it simply has to. If the light predicted it then it must come true… right? Perhaps Jon Snow will rise to fight at Winterfell again after all. He proved to be a forward-thinking, outside-the-box kind of leader when he was alive; perhaps if his fellow hanger-ons allow him to stay dead long enough to become a White Walker he could actually inject some humanity into their blistery souls? His dire wolf was the only white-furred one, after all. Or, maybe Melisandre will do what everyone is just waiting for her to do and resurrect the guy. Pronto, please.
3. Can something good just happen to Sansa Stark already?
Brienne and Sansa were reunited and it felt so good, didn’t it? Now that Sansa has finally managed to escape the clutches of yet another sadistic dude, here’s hoping that her future journeys are relatively smooth sailing. We all know that Jon Snow is dead, but she does not. So rather than heading to the Wall, let’s hope the eldest remaining Stark wises up and begins to try and make some more claims to her lands. First stop? Heading back to Theon’s hometown, please.
4. What is this place they want to send Dany to?
While we were excited to spend some more time with the Dothrakis, we have to admit we weren’t pumped to see a recreation of Dany in their care. She’s become a much more powerful and strong woman since those days. Luckily the story served us fairly well and this time she comes with a little bit of clout, which in the Game of Thrones world means we won’t have to see her getting raped. (Um, thank goodness.) Unfortunately it also means they want to send her to Vaes Dothrak to live with the other widows, which doesn’t sound like a great way for her to be spending her time at all.
5. What’s Ellaria’s next move?
We’ve never loved the happenings at Dorne, so we were a little apprehensive to return to Ellaria and her continued quest for revenge against the Lannisters. Luckily the writers whipped through that plot and put Ellaria in a position of power pretty much right away. While we’re sad for the deaths that caused, at least now the Lannisters have another real foe to contend with. And we thought naked walks of shame were the worst they could be put through…
6. Why are there so many different time jumps?
Trying to keep a timeline with this series has become impossible. In King’s Landing a bunch of time seems to have passed now that Cersei’s hair has grown back and Jaime has sailed back with their daughter’s dead body. Over in Braavos Arya has also spent some time getting used to her new vision problems. Yet in the North we pick up right where we left off, with Jon Snow bleeding out and Sansa on the run. At some point these stories have to catch up to one another, right?
7. Where is Bran?
We completely understand and appreciate that Game of Thrones had a LOT of story to cover in the premiere in order to a) set up the new season and b) answer stuff that went down in the season finale. But we have been without Bran Stark for an awfully long while now, and it’s time we finally found out what the heck he’s been up to. Also, we just miss seeing Hodor say hodor. Because, who wouldn’t?