Sometimes when shows hype up their premiere too much, they have trouble delivering. This premiere was not one of those times. I think this was a solid first episode considering how much anticipation there was. It did a great job of tying up most of the loose ends from last season’s story arcs as well as set up the new developments. Even though it spent a lot of time addressing questions left unanswered from last season, I think there was a lot of forward momentum that is the most important thing.
They answered most of the questions about who was dead and who wasn’t and they showed where everyone ended up. I appreciated that. If they dragged the stories out any further, I’m sure we would all be pulling our hairs out. Then, they ended with the strangest and most discomforting reveal: Melisandre is pretty damn old. This was something that came up way earlier in the books and they completely skipped over this element when it was supposed to happen. I almost forgot about it until this ending scene. Honestly, I think they plugged it in brilliantly. This low-key reveal helped set an ominous, yet very distinct new tone for this season.
Here are my top 5 craziest moment list:
- The Martells are dead. The Dorne plot is dead. This was by far the most shocking.
- Melisandre’s magical necklace reveal
- Brienne finally reaches her goal!!!!
- Ramsey (kind of) has feelings…?
- Daenerys didn’t get touched.
- Bonus: Jorah finding that teeny-tiny ring. Like really?
If you want to look at more Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 1 Recaps, I really enjoyed The Game of Game of Thrones: Season 6, Episode 1, The Red Woman – The Verge and, of course, Emergency Awesome’s recap: