Sunday, April 24, 2016

TV Premiere: Game of Thrones Season 6

Catching up with the multitude of character both alive in dead where we left in season 5 leads to a bunch of short segments that inform of where most of the characters are at the beginning of this new sixth season. The story picks up with the most pertinent mystery of Jon Snow's death. The show does not give into the rumor mill, so far Kit Harington only plays a corpse, and tell us whether he will come back now or ever. I was a bit worried that he would rise from the dead as a white walker. 

The show moves from their to the other North residents including the Boltons who are still scheming for the throne but have a problem with a now missing Sansa Stark, played by Sophie Turner. Her situation looks dire until Brienne of Tarth, played by the increasingly popular Gwendoline Christie, shows up to finally fulfill her promise to Catelyn Stark.

The plot returns to King's Landing and the recent death of Mycella, which Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey, has yet to find out about and deal with her grief. Her twin brother and incestuous lover Jamie Lannister, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, has to deliver the bad news and tries to run off with his sister but that's not likely to happen.

So much other stuff happened from the Queen Margaery Tyrell played by Natalie Dormer still imprisoned by the religious fanatics, to Arya's training beginning, but they also fit in Tyrion Lannister played by Peter Dinklage walking through the streets of Mereen and Daenerys Targaryen played by Emilia Clarke captured by a horde of Dothraki, plus the two men after her to find and rescue her.

The biggest part of the show was probably Doran Martell's assassination by his brother's lover in Dorne. Doran portrayed by Alexander Siddig had a lot more character depth in the book and his body guard Areo Hotah portrayed by DeObia Oparei even had his own chapters to fill out the books. They and Trystane Martell portrayed by Toby Sebastian all fell to the Sand Snakes including Ellaria, Obara, Tyene and Nymeria played respectively by Indira Varma, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, and Jessica Henwick. This part of the story could have used a few more episodes but that is why I read books.

The show usually gets off to a slow start with some big bombshells revealed at the beginning. In this case it was the Red Woman Melisandre played by Carice van Houten turning from a woman to a very old lady. Her magic may be powerful enough to bring back Jon Snow but will have to wait until the next episode to find out. The show has moved past George R. R. Martin's books and into an unknown realm. I'm so stoked that this show is back on air and can't wait to watch every episode this year!

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