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Game Of Thrones – Home. “The next time I have an idea like that… punch me in the face!”

Dragons, Death and Dang…HE IS BACK!?!? The three D’s really come to affect here. Episode two of this new season continues to bring us up to date on the happenings in Westoros. We know Jon Snow is still laying on a table, Bran Stark is developing his powers with the Three-Eyed Raven, the Greyjoys are still a bit moody and Tommen is determined to prove his power as king. This episode had the same structure of the first and gave us just enough of a glimpse to see what everyone is doing. Sansa continues her journey to the wall and learns more about the status of her sister Arya. Arya, currently blind and living on the streets, is still looking worse for wear and looks ready to give up on her “vengeance”.

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Dragons are back as Tyrion sees to keep them alive after they refuse to eat, and this looks to continue with no Daenerys to keep them going. The leaders of two factions in the kingdoms have lost their lives in this episode, and it also shows that Ramsay Bolton is still the most horrific bastard in the show. Iwan Rheon claims his new title with ease and looks set to continue his killing spree. Then we have our main focus yet again at Castle Black. Ser Davos begs his rival to bring back Jon Snow to the world of the living. Melisandre is conflicted with the idea of bringing him back, but she agrees to perform the ceremony. Though nothing happens, and they all leave the room with just his direwolf Ghost remaining with the body of his master.

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Kit Harrington has had an easy couple of episodes, just lying there and pretending to be dead. Jon Snow may have spent nearly 2 hours as a corpse, but *SPOILER ALERT* if you really did not think it was going to happen while everyone else knew, but Jon Snow is alive! It was great to see Bran Stark back and when you see actor Isaac Hempstead Wright sharing a screen with Max Von Sydow, the look you get is indeed impressive. A flashback of sorts really was fun, and we got to see a bit of insight to the Stark siblings of the past (Ned, Benjen and Lyanna) and we learn about Hodor before he could only say his name (but that’s not his name).

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Lena Headey continues to impress with Cersei 2.0 who is now powerless and kept in her Red Keep, but it looks like she will be vital to Tommen who begs for her help. Then we have Melisandre who is still conflicted with her faith, Carice Van Houten is definitely the finest actress of Season Six so far and it will be interesting to see where her character will be after this latest…surprise (it’s not a surprise, Jon Snow is alive and we all knew it would happen). We still need more focus on specific characters, but it is good to see we have caught up with almost everyone. Next week can’t come quick enough!

Final Rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Game Of Thrones – The Red Woman. “If you were planning to see tomorrow, you picked the wrong room.”

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.