Game of Thrones Recap by AsimovLives
Season 6 – Episode 1
“The Red Woman”
Hello. AsimovLives here.
I’m a regular contributor to The Supernaughts. This is my series of recap articles about the episodes of the season 6 of HBO’s television series Game of Thrones, a show I dearly love, for your pleasure.
Game of Info:
Series: Game of Thrones
Created by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Based on the fantasy novel series A Song Of Fire And Ice by author George R.R. Martin
Episode title: The Red Woman
Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Original Air Date: April 24 2016
I’d like to write a few words before the recap proper begins.
Contrary to the season 5 recap series, this time the creating and publishing of the season 6 recap will happen at a more leisured pacing. Last recap series was very stressful for me, all that worry to hit a fast deadline, so this time I decided to have more fun by just having a more chilled out attitude.
I do this recaps for the fun of it, and treating it as an obligation robs of the very reason I began the recaps in the first place. Always the intention was to have a venue for all us at The Supernaughts to discuss and chat about the current season of Game Of Thrones. This is a very cool and great show that has brought me much pleasure watching it, and I want to share some of my enjoyment with you all.
I hope you understand.
And now without further ado…
Game of Synopsis:
Beware, spoilers ahead
The episode opens with the Dyson sphere globe of the world of Westeros showing the locations of King’s Landing, Winterfell, The Wall, Braavos, Meereen and Dorne, where the action takes place.
Ser Davos finds Jon Snow dead. He, Jon’s friends and Ghost guard his body at the guardhouse. Melisandre tells Davos she once saw Jon in a vision on the walls of Winterfell. Thorne tells the Watch his reasons for killing Jon and they accept it. Davos reminds there’re other people who owe their lives to Jon and Edd rides out.
Ramsey reminiscences his past with Myranda and orders her body to be fed to the dogs. Roose reminds Ramsey that without Sansa to rally the North and produce his heir, his place as a Bolton is precarious.
Fugitives Sansa and Reek are found by Ramsey’s manhunters, but Brienne and Podrick arrive in the nick of time to the rescue. Reeks helps the fight. Victorious, Brienne again pledges her sword to Sansa’s service, which latter accepts.
Ellaria and the Sand Snakes stage a coup d’etat and assassinate both Doran and Trystane, ending the Martell bloodline.
Jaime arrives with the body of Myrcella to the great distraught of Cercei. She believes her daughter’s death is a prophecy turned true, but Jaime is having none of that and promises payback tenfold to those who hurt the family.
The High Sparrow and Septa Unella play good cop/bad cop to coerce Queen Margaery to confess, but she’s to smart to fall for the ruse.
Thanks to Jorah’s tracking skills, he and Daarios reach the plateau where Daenarys was captured by the Dokhtaki. Jorah recognizes the tracks of a horde and finds her ring, deducing what happened.
The enslaved Daenarys is presented to Klah Moro as a gift. She announces who she is and promises a great payment if he takes her back. Moro frees her but will take her to Vaes Dothrak instead, where all Khal’s widows spend the rest of their days.
Arya, blind and begging on the streets, gets beaten by The Waif, who promises to return the next day for more.
JJ Abrams makes a bad Star Wars movie and is rewarded with praise and profit.
Tyrion and Varys walk about the streets of Meeree in the aftermath of the attack on the Fight Pit. Their discussion of currents events is cut short by an emergency: the entire Daenary’s fleet is burning.
Thorne offers safe conduct leave for Davos and Melisandre. Davos trolls Thorne to buy some time, but he know the latter is not a man of his word. He assures the despairing others that with Melisandre on their side they can even their odds. Melisandre is having a crisis of faith due to all her unfulfilled promises and prophecies. Preparing to go to bed she removes her cloths and with them a charm spell, revealing her true self looks, that of a crone. Depressed, she goes to bed.
Game of Opinion:
Once again Game Of Thrones delivers on the promises. The fantastic last trailer for the season promises awesome, and as far i’m concerned, this is a fantastic return. Al the first episodes of each season are dedicated to reintroduce known characters and locations and set up the stakes. While this episode is no different, it does it extremely well. There hasn’t been an episode of GOT i haven’t liked a lot, but i haven’t been this enthusiastic for a new season like for this one. and if you ask me, so far so good.
Remember back in the last episode of season 4 how triumphant it looked for Arya she was going to Braavos? In hindsight, she might had been better off with The Hound. Her new Zaitochi phase is not going well.
Contrary to popular opinion, i don’t think that’s the necklace in particular that puts the charm spell on Melisandre. She didn’t had it in her bath scene back in season 4. The removal of the necklace, I think, was for a mise en scène where through editing the shot does a circular movement, away from her to back to her.
As for the mammoth in the living room… Well, Jon Snow is dead.
Much has been said about the fans about the necessity of Jon not being dead or to be resurrected. I think they somehow are just not understanding what kind of show is Game Of Thrones. I think they are mistaking “necessity” with their own preferences.
First of all,this show is more than just about one character only. While Jon serves has the most unambiguously heroic figure, the show is not about the hero. It does use the tropes associated with the hero, but the point is not to reinforce but to subvert. And this bring us to the most important point about both the series and the books it’s based on.
Game of Thrones and it’s parent book series A Song Of Fire and Ice has at it’s core the deconstruction of the fantasy genre, namely the heroic fantasy genre. Contrary to what the disgruntle fans think, the events and fate that befall the characters is not the trolling of the creators but instead the narrative consequence of the very bedrock the books and television show are founded upon. Deconstruction is the very inspiration for the story, it’s where everything springs from. The fact it’s so rare to have a whole story being based on born of it instead of merely having elements confounds those more used to more traditional type of narratives. The very richness of the characters, story and world-building done for the show and books is born from the desconstructive nature of the story. To think that for some or one single character the saga should change it’s nature to accommodate one’s own preferences is not only unfair, makes one question if there have been payed any attention since the beginning. So,that a hero character like Jon gets killed is very much in tune to the nature of the show. One would even say, the story would need him to die.
However, having said that…
Remember Thoros of Myr from season 3? Like Melisandre, he was a Red Priest who like her was sent to Westeros to spread the word of the Lord Of Light. Eventually he lost his faith and despaired, humbling him. When his best friend Lord Beric first died, he did an honest pray and his friend resurrected by his words. Melisandre is going through a crisis of faith as of now, and it seems she is in the process of being humbled herself, now she sees all the certainties and all her prophecies were wrong and all her efforts were all for nothing. I think that with her the same thing could happen like it did to Thoros. Thoros regained, or maybe he only gained his God’s favour after he knew humility, and the same process could be going for Melisandre. And, by this notion, only when Melisandre knows true despair and humility she will be able to have true powers, be it she being the agency of her God or a channel of magic, to resurrect Jon.
But even if Jon gets resurrected, here’s the thing: How he would come out of it? Isn’t it too naive to believe that Lazarus Jon would be the same person he was before? In this show? Where magic always has a high price? Remember what Beric said when asked how it was to die and return to life: it was like he was a little lesser than before. With Jon it would be the same. And Beric was immediately resurrected after killed. How much more one would lose the longer a resurrection happens one can conjecture, but it would probably do no wonders. The point is, if Jon gets resurrected, he will come changed, different, lesser of who he was, and probably to a huge extent. And how much you would like that? On this regard i’m reminded of a say from another movie: Die a hero or live long enough to be a villain.
Food for thoughts.
Game of Predictions:
Jorah will die this season.
Jon is dead.
Jaime again will make promises he can’t keep.
Brienne might die.
We will not see much more of Dorne this season after this episode.
The Sun will rise in the east and sets in the west.
Game of Final Thoughts:
I loved this episode. I think this season opened strong. This is the best first episode of a season since the pilot.
Quote of the episode:
“Roose: Do you feel like a victor?
(Ramsay remains silent)
Roose: I rebelled against the crown to arrange your marriage to Sansa Stark. Do you think that burning wagons in the night and mowing down tired, outnumbered Baratheons is the same as facing a prepared and provisioned Lannister army?
Roose: A reckoning will come. We need the North to face it. The entire North. They won’t back us without Sansa Stark. We no longer have Sansa Stark. You played your games with her. You played your games with the heir to the Iron Islands and now they’re both gone.
Ramsay: I have a team of men after them with some of my best hounds. They won’t get far.
Roose: I’m glad to hear it. Without Sansa, you won’t be able to produce an heir. And without an heir, well… let’s hope the maesters are right and Lady Walda’s carrying a boy.”
As always, thank you for reading. This is Asimovlives signing off. Have a better one.