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Game of Thrones is back!

Game of Thrones season 6 has kicked off with a bang and fans were not disappointed.  When the title of the episode “The Red Woman” was announced we all assumed Melisandre’s magic would bring Jon Snow back from the dead. Well we all hoped. But us fans were disappointed as it didn’t happen, not yet anyway, Jon Snow is definitely still dead, but we are holding out for future episodes.  The title of the episode became clear in the last scene when Melisandre removed her choker and turned into an old frail woman!  This just led to more questions and many people have been quick to point out she’s been seen without the necklace as in the bath scene in Season 4 Episode 7 which was not in the original books.  This just leads to more questions and speculation.  There are plenty of theories flying around but only time will tell.

One question we had when season 5 ended was whether Sansa would escape the clutches of her nasty husband Ramsay Bolton and whether she is pregnant.  We last saw her when she and Theon jumped off the castle walls into the snow.  Well they didn’t get far before Bolton’s hunters found them, but good old Brienne of Tarth came to their rescue and saved the day. Brienne then bowed and pledge to serve and protect her and Sansa accepted.  Finally she sees sense!  Whether she is pregnant is anyone’s guess, but knowing GOT, she wont escape his clutches that easily.

Poor little Arya Stark is now blind and homeless and reduced to begging on the streets.  This is all down to her stabbing Ser Meryn Trant in the eyes before slitting his throat.  This made the faceless man punish her by taking her eye sight away. The blindness is apparently induced by the milk she drinks every night so is a temporary affliction.  The actress Maisi Williams hinted that there was some “bad stuff” for her this year, so if the first episode is anything to go by then her decent is not going to be a pretty one.

As for Daenerys Targaryen, her hopes of fulfilling her destiny and invading Westeros are currently not going to plan. The Meereen people had turned on her and she lost her dragons and army. The first scenes of Daenery was as a prisoner of the Dothraki horsemen.  She managed to stop them raping her by announcing she was the wife of Khal Drago.  This led to her being untied and being spared the horror of rape as it was against Dothraki law to sleep with another Khal’s wife.  But she is not completely free as she learns she would be taken to a temple to live and die her final years– with other widows of dead warlords.

Jaime and Cersei Lannister were finally reunited after a season apart when Jaime tried to rescue their daughter Myrcella.  Not surprising she got poisoned on the ship home and we see Cersci looking devastated and talks about the prophecy she was told by a witch as a child.  In episode 1 of season 5 we saw Cersci have a flashback to when she asked a witch (Maggy) three questions in exchange for some blood.  One question was whether she would have children, which the witch replies she would have 3 but gold would be their shrouds, in other words they would die.  This is where the flashback ended.  However in the book the witch goes on to real and state “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Now a ‘valonqar’ is High Valyrian for “little brother”, so the prophecy implies that one of Cersei’s younger siblings will strangle her to death some time after Tommen dies.  Well he isn’t dead yet but once he is it will be a waiting game to find out who kills Cersei.  The obvious one would be Tyrion as she has always hated the imp and blames him for their mother’s death.  But maybe her Jamie turns on her, but hey ho its game of thrones, they might pull out another younger brother which she didn’t know about. Only time will tell.

As for Tyrion who spent the last year trying to track down the Deaenerys only to watch as she was attached and swept off by an angry dragon is looking a little lost amongst the Meereen people. Tyrion Lannister who is played brilliantly by Peter Dinklage is one of the surviving favourite characters and I am sure there is plenty in store for the likable imp.  There is talk that maybe Tyrion isn’t a Lannister after all. Also there is little point reading the books for answers as there have been a lot of differences between the books since the last series.  All we can do is wait and see what’s in store in episodes to come.  But the first episode proved to be everything we expected, lots of drama, fight scenes and a couple of tender moments.

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