Game of Thrones – season six

Jon Snow's bloody end in Game of Thrones

All together now:

Jon Snow’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave.
Jon Snow’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave.
Jon Snow’s body lies
… er, well, not quite in the grave.

In point of fact, Jon Snow’s body lies frozen in the snow. And so opens the latest season of the sword and sandals, fantasy and intrigue, unashamedly gratuitous shag-fest that is Game of Thrones.

Season five and its conclusion was an absolute doozy and fans of the show have been on tenterhooks for the past God knows how many months in anticipation of the next instalment and closure on the respective fates of Daenerys Targaryen, the Lannisters, the Starks and, of course, the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch himself, Jon Snow, who sadly fell victim to dastardly betrayal and bloody murder in the end of series cliffhanger.

Snow, played by Kit Harington, is an immensely popular character and in spite of an unambiguous death, many fans just can’t seem to accept that he is no more.

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Is there any hope of a return? His trusted lieutenants drag his body into a strongpoint at Castle Black and wait their fate at the hands of Snow’s slayers. With them is the enigmatic Red Woman, Melisandre; a scheming man-eater who holds a secret that delivered the episode’s one jaw-dropping moment – and it is a revelation that once again shows that you cannot take the characters or plot lines within GoT at face value. Without giving too much away, #magic, #sorcery, #ShesaWitchBurnHer, maybe there is hope for Snow after all. Who knows?

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was last seen alone on a mountainside having just escaped an assassination attempt by those gold-masked killjoys, the Sons of the Harpy. From here she is carried away by a horde of Dothraki bloodriders and after a colourful assortment of threats ranging from decapitation to anal rape, she is presented to the Khal for her fate to be decided.

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For some of the other major characters of the series the future looks equally uncertain, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is destitute having lost her eyes to the faceless man, Sansa Stark (along with Theon Greyjoy – minus his wedding tackle) has narrowly escaped death by freezing + hound savaging + the swords of Ramsay Bolton’s men. High fallen nobles Jaime and Cersei Lannister (played Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey) are reunited and take their sibling relationship to a whole other level of weirdness.

“It’s probably [Cersei’s] most interesting season,’ Headey revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. ‘She really has nothing to lose and she has everything to gain from a horrible position she finds herself in.’

Having endured the Walk of Shame from King’s Landing at the hands of the Faith Militant, Cersei is plotting her next move – and when her brother ‘the King Slayer’ turns up, things get touch unconventional.

‘Her relationship with Jaime is at an all-time weird level,’ Headey explains before describing the sixth season as ‘juicy, and it’s so f**king dark.’

All in all, it was a good introduction to the new season and a taster of some intriguing plot lines – which goes to show that production company PRs do sometimes tell the truth. However as for lauding this as the best ever Game of Thrones, I think I’ll wait and make my own judgement on that one.

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