Speaking of Thrones: Episode 001

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Game of Thrones
Season 6, Episode 1
– Recap –

(SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains details about last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones”. If you haven’t watched it yet, you may want to stop reading!)

by Kyla Brewer
The Recap Sequence

If you’re one of the few who didn’t watch “Game of Thrones” last night on HBO, here’s a spoiler for you: Jon Snow (Kit Harington, “Pompeii,” 2014) IS dead…at least for now. But viewers who got a revealing look at the Red Woman’s nighttime routine know Melisandre (Clarice van Houten, “Valkyrie,” 2008) must wield some powerful juju so that may change.

As Davos (Liam Cunningham, “The Numbers Station,” 2013) and the rest of Jon’s allies awaited reinforcements, viewers got the scoop on what else has been happening in the Seven Kingdoms.

While many likely felt frustrated by the lack of answers in the season 6 premiere, there was at least some payoff for loyal fans. Just when all hope seemed lost for Sansa (Sophie Turner, “The Thirteenth Tale”) and Reek (Alfie Allen, “Soulboy,” 2010), Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” 2015) arrived to show Ramsay’s men what’s what. Even better, Theon (that’s right — not Reek, Theon) saved Podrick’s (Daniel Portman, “River City”) ass during the battle.

Anyone foolish enough to have felt a little sympathy for Ramsay (Iwan Rheon, “Misfits”) over the death of his “love” Myranda (Charlotte Hope, “Testament of Youth,” 2014) likely snapped out of it when he told a servant to feed her body to the dogs.

Other highlights included a rather harsh takeover of Dorne as Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma, “Human Target”) assassinated Prince Doran (Alexander Siddig, “24”) before stating “Weak men will never rule Dorne again.”

The premiere included some rather boring check-ins with the Lannisters as Cersei (Lena Headey, “300,” 2007) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Black Hawk Down,” 2001) mourned the loss of their daughter, and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage, “Elf”) took a stroll with Varys (Conleth Hill, “Goodbye Mr. Chips”) through the streets of Meereen only to find the city ablaze.

Meanwhile, Jorah (Iain Glen, “Resident Evil: Apocalypse,” 2004) and Daario (Michiel Huisman, “Treme”) searched for Daenerys (Emilia Clarke, “Terminator Genisys,” 2015), who dramatically and fantastically escaped certain death on the back of a dragon in the season 5 finale. Unfortunately, Dany found herself dragon-less when a Dothraki horde found her and captured her. When presented to Khal Moro (Joe Naufahu, “The Kick,” 2014), however, she explained who she really is and he assured she’d be protected with one caveat: she must live out her days in Vaes Dothrak with other khaleesi widows.

In Braavos, a blind Arya (Maisie Williams, “Dr. Who”) was beaten by one of her former Faceless colleagues, Waif (Faye Marsay, “Pride,” 2014), who promised to see her again tomorrow.

“Thrones” fans will have to wait a whole week to find out what happens next — don’t miss the next one Sunday, May 1, on HBO. In the meantime, reminisce about the season 6 kickoff by listening to “Speaking of Thrones – Episode 1”!

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