There’s a little show on HBO that you may have heard of called Game of Thrones. The sixth season premieres tomorrow, April 24th, and the hype has reached a fever pitch. HBO has released a few clips from the upcoming first episode, entitled “The Red Woman,” all of which deal with a different major cliffhanger from the finale of season five. Have a look at each below.
Theon and Sansa
The last time we saw Theon and Sansa, the two were leaping off the walls of Winterfell to escape the wrath of Ramsay Bolton. Theon finally stood up to his tormentor, killed the sadistic Myranda, and escaped with the eldest Stark daughter in tow. The clip takes place seemingly just after their dramatic leap, and the escape is obviously not yet a sure thing. Both Sansa and Theon have witnessed and experienced Ramsay at his worst, and he will surely be the most upset and unhinged we have ever seen him. Listen carefully to this clip and you can hear (presumably) Ramsay’s hunting dogs baying in the distance. This season has to be the one where fortune changes for two of the most tormented characters in the Game of Thrones universe, right?
Jaime and Cersei
Cersei just endured her nude walk back to the Red Keep (“Shame. Shame. Shame.”). Jaime received some catharsis and a rare happy moment with his daughter Myrcella, only to have it torn from him by those devilish Sand Snakes of Dorne. We’ve always seen the Lannister twins lash out when they are the most vulnerable. In this clip, Cersei seems close to breaking. What type of revenge will she seek against the Dornish? Will she try to have Qyburn Dr. Frankenstein her daughter, similar to Robert Strong? And, provided he was not the mastermind behind this, how will Doran Martell respond to the Sand Snakes for ruining his calculated revenge scheme?
Daenerys is essentially right back where she started. A captive of the Dothraki, she is being led to Vaes Dothrak, a city populated by slaves and the wives of former Khals. Meanwhile, Daario and Jorah are attempting to track Daenerys down and rescue her. Can they get along well enough to get to Dany in time? Will they even need to? Daenerys may be able to use her own leadership and power (or the extremely irritable Drogon) to bend the Dothraki horde to her will once again.
Obviously, these are not the only questions we have going into season six of Game of Thrones. The big, burning questions obviously center on the dead (?) Jon Snow, but many other characters are stuck in limbo. Just how powerful will Bran become? How will Arya adapt to her blindness? Where the hell is Rickon?
It is not just Starks, either. Tyrion is attempting to fix the problems in Mereen with his makeshift council. Margaery and the rest of the Tyrells are clashing with the High Sparrow. And Brienne finally got her revenge against Stannis, but it cost her the chance to help Sansa.
This season of Game of Thrones brings a lot of uncertainty, as it moves outside the realm of the published novels. Check back for the episode by episode reviews, and check out our review of season five’s finale if you need to refresh your memory.
Which characters are you most interested in catching up with on Game of Thrones? How long before we head to the Tower of Joy? And where the hell is Rickon? Let us know, and check back tomorrow for the review of the premiere.