Who would have thought that Game Of Thrones would be able to blend some rather gripping scenes with possibly some of the funniest moments the show has ever had? The start to Season Six takes us to where Season Five finished…looking over the lifeless body of former Lord Commander, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington). He manages to get plenty of screen time as a corpse, but will this last throughout the series? Can you really imagine Kit Harrington is being paid to play dead? Maybe I should take up this acting malarkey!
Speaking of death, we also see the effect that Cersei and Jamie feel from the death/murder of their daughter Myrcella. Though she was never a main character in the series, her death has surely made a huge dent to the Lannister family. Hopefully Cersei and Jamie will get more scenes as we need to see what the next action will be that they take. Speaking of Lannister’s, anyone remember Tyrion? After he became an ally to the queen of Meereen, a certain Daenerys Targaryen, he seemed to be receiving the higher life again. But since Daenerys had disappeared, Meereen is falling into chaos. Daenerys is now hanging with the Dothraki again, and it looks like it will not be good news for her (is it ever good news?). Also, two of her captors spend a good amount of time discussing what colour the hair on a certain region of her body is. These really cruel, merciless warriors are shown to be really funny. Why was talking about the colour of pubic hair and how one of them likes to talk after love making, and what about the f**king your grandma bit? This show really made me laugh, and I loved it. There is just so much going on in this episode, we get to see almost everyone and what they are up to now since that epic finale last year.
What about the people we really hate? Well they are still there. Ramsay continues to search for his wife Sansa and Theon so that his father Roose’s plan can still work by having Sansa as a figurehead for their eventual campaign against the Lannister’s. There is just so many stories going on. Have we mentioned that Brienne and Podrick saves Sansa and offers her services…again? Or that Ser Davos seems eager to protect the body of Jon Snow? Or how about Arya on the streets of Braavos after her eyesight was taken from her? Yes, Game Of Thrones came back in a superb way and looked to tie up many of its loose ends as quickly as it could. But all eyes were on the title character for this episode. Melisandre. ‘The Red Woman’ was effective at teasing the power that she holds, and there is definitely more to Jon Snow than just being a part of the décor at Castle Black. That last scene with Melisandre will make many people really look at her differently from now on.
If there is something I have learnt from watching this show, it is that D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are definitely the right guys to continue into the world of Westoros beyond where the books lie (so far). While many people were expecting to see a walking, talking Jon Snow, it was fair to say Kit Harrington probably earned some of his easiest money ever just laying down for the whole episode. Most of the top acting this week came from The Wall. Liam Cunningham proves a great strength with the loyalists and his immediate co-star Carice Van Houten really makes you feel for her character, even if many people were not keen on her to begin with. While there wasn’t nearly enough to explore to give a full opinion on each storyline, we know we have another 9 hours of TV to come to see where we will be going. Hopefully we will see more of Maisie Williams tackling her new side to Arya, more from Peter Dinklage as the always delightful Tyrion and hopefully some more humorous banter (I don’t like using that word, but Dothraki banter was actually very funny). The show we all love is back, and this strong start promises to bring so much to us. Jon Snow could still come back, so there is that too!
Final Rating: 9/10
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove
A preview of Episode 2 of Season 6. ‘Home’. Coming Sunday 1st May on HBO in the US and Monday 3rd May on Sky Atlantic in the UK.