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**SPOILER ALERT** Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere, ‘The Red Woman’ review

**SPOILER ALERT** After a long wait, audiences return to the mythical and unforgiving land of Westeros, with few questions answered, while still remaining engaging

May 17, 2016

The key question audiences had at the end of Game of Thrones season 5, was “is Jon Snow alive?” Though this question is still up in the air, season 6’s premiere both amazes and somewhat disappoints.

The opening shot of the episode is Jon Snow’s corpse in the snow, with his Direwolf Ghost howling in the distance.

Davos, Jon’s loyal friend Ed, and another small hand of loyal Men of the Watch help bring Jon’s body into a room and lock themselves into it.

Though the Red Woman remarks that she saw Jon in the flames, fighting at Winterfell, as she solemnly looks at him.

The Game of Thrones first episodes always follow a trend of “where are they now” with a couple of exciting moments sprinkled here and there. This episode had some very exciting moments such as Sansa’s rescue from Ramsay Bolton’s men, as well as a smaller, but still interesting scene where Arya is given a carved pole and beaten by one of the faceless men (faceless men being a unisex term, given the Faceless Men are, well, faceless, and have no singular identity).

Aside from a rather disturbing scene that revealed a surprising secret about the Red Woman, there wasn’t anything too surprising that happened with anyone else. People knew pretty well that Ellaria (Oberyn Martell’s lover) would start a coup in Dorne, it was pretty easy to predict how Cersei would react upon learning about her daughter’s death, and Daenerys’ fate among the Dothraki Horde was either going to end with her misery, or her talking her way out of danger; with her succeeding in the latter.

The way these different stories can go is looking to be one of the more interesting and exciting seasons yet. Arya’s blindness may be another aspect of her training as a Faceless Man, Sansa and Theon (Reek) are now under the protection of Brienne of Tarth and Podrick.

Daenerys is being led by the Dothraki to the temple where all widows of Kals go while Daario and Jorah search for her.

Cersei and Jaime are faced with the challenges presented in the wake of their daughter’s death, Tyrion and Varys try to control the torn city of Maureen, and Jon’s fate, as well as the fate of the Men of the Night’s Watch, is still unknown, and can go many directions.

All in all, this season has many questions left to be answered, as well as many events going on all around the world that continue to prove why Game of Thrones is such a popular and loved show.

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