"Game of Thrones" Season 6 arrived in the only way the HBO series could. While every fan was preoccupied with the status of Jon Snow, "The Red Woman" only added to the intrigue over his death. If the "Game of Thrones" Season 6 premiere is any indication, this might be the most unpredictable season yet.
Warning: Full “Game of Thrones” spoilers ahead.
Jon Snow Remained Dead
This will be the most discussed non-event in the "Game of Thrones" Season 6 premiere. The episode starts off with Ghost's mournful cries as Ser Davos finds a very dead Jon Snow in the courtyard of Castle Black. A handful of brothers of the Night's Watch, including Dolorous Edd, hold a vigil over Jon's body as Ser Alliser Thorne solidifies power with the remaining Night's Watch. It just shows how powerful fear could be as Ser Alliser convinces them that Jon was leading the Night's Watch to destruction. Loyalty and oaths were featured themes throughout the "Game of Thrones" Season 6 premiere.
It was expected by many that Melissandre would play a role in bringing Jon Snow back to life, but this episode put that scenario in doubt. The red priestess doubted her own faith following the demise of Stannis Baratheon and, now, Jon Snow. She had a vision of Jon fighting at Winterfell, but that appears to not be the case anymore.
Ser Davos tries to buy time until Dolorous Edd returns with the necessary part of Ser Davos' plan. While it was not explicitly mentioned, the Wildlings owe their lives to the fallen Lord Commander. If that's the case, the men in the room are no longer outnumbered.
Jon Snow staying dead for another episode was shocking, but not as much as Melissandre's transformation at the end of "The Red Woman." Whatever doubt there is about her abilities, or the power of the Lord of Light, should be quelled as viewers witness a vibrant Melissandre turn into a frail old woman after she takes off her necklace. It seemed like she has decided to end her long life, but if she dies, it's unclear how Jon Snow comes back to life. The other possibility is Bran Stark, but that would require an explanation of his abilities. For now, Jon Snow is very much dead.
Chaos in Dorne
House Martell didn't have too much to do in Season 5 until the failed independent kidnapping attempts by Jaime Lannister and the Sand Snakes. Ellaria Sand disobeyed Prince Doran by killing Myrcella Baratheon with a poisoned kiss. The ramifications of her action would surely impact "Game of Thrones" Season 6, but no one could have expected what transpired in "The Red Woman." Ellaria has orchestrated a plot to wage war against the Lannisters, which leads to the death of Prince Martell, Trystane Martell and Areo Hotah. In one fell swoop, Ellaria has seized control of Dorne with the help of the Sand Snakes. Speaking of the deadly trio, Obara Sand and Nymeria Sand share some fun banter after the former killed Trystane Martell.
This was a dramatic leap forward from the "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels. In the George R.R. Martin series, Prince Doran is carefully acting on a plan that only he knows the outcome of. His apparent inaction is still a source frustration, but the Dorne storyline was far from being complete in "A Dance With Dragons," the most recent of the novels. This one scene has serious implications for the future of Dorne in the novels.
A King’s Landing Lull
King's Landing saw Jaime Lannister and Cersei Lannister reunite, but there was little forward progress within the walls. The siblings reflect on the death of their daughter as well as their mother. They make a vow to protect one another regardless of what happens around them. Margaery Tyrell remains a captive of the Sparrows as she refuses to confess. The Season 6 premiere was focused on establishing the strong pact made between Jaime and Cersei, but there will be plenty of action with King's Landing.
Brienne’s Timely Entrance
Sansa and Theon survived their daring leap from Winterfell, but the Bolton hounds are chasing after them. The cold weather proves too much as House Bolton soldiers catch up to the escaped duo. When it looks like the first heroic action from Theon will be thwarted, Brienne and Pod arrive to kill the Bolton soldiers. Brienne pledges her loyalty to Sansa, but they still have a long way to go before they are safe. It appears the plan would be to head to Jon Snow and Castle Black, but that could change based on the trailers depicting a large Northern army battling against the Bolton army.
Speaking of House Bolton, Ramsay displays some semblance of human emotion as he mourns the death of Myranda Royce. While he was victorious over a depleted Stannis Baratheon, his father, Roose Bolton, reminds him that victory will not be that easy when they face off against the Lannisters.
"Game of Thrones" Season 6 features some really great pairings, but it's hard to beat Tyrion Lannister and Varys. The two can spar with words on the most intellectual of topics before ending with a crass joke -- it's just what they do. Varys has his spy network set up to find out who is leading the Sons of the Harpy, but the intelligence did not come soon enough as all of the ships in Meereen are set on fire. It's another blow to Daenerys' rule while confirming the strength of the Sons of the Harpy.
Daenerys and the Dothraki
Daenerys has come a long way as a ruler, but there are lessons she still needs to learn. After being captured by a Dothraki khalessar, Daenerys thinks she could talk her way out of captivity. It mostly works after she invokes the name Khal Drogo to Khal Moro. The latter frees her, but it appears she won't be off to Meereen. Instead, she may be heading to Vaes Dothrak, the Dothraki city where widows are sent to live out the rest of their days.
Daario and Ser Jorah are on the right track to find Daenerys, but they may be unprepared to deal with the hostile Dothraki. Drogon, Daenerys' largest dragon, was not seen in this episode, but he can't be too far away.