WARNING: We're about to recap Game of Throne's season six premiere -- aka one of the most answer-packed episodes we've ever had! If you do not wish to be spoiled, hop on the nearest dragon and fly away. (Just avoid the Dothraki!) For everyone else, read on…
It's officially official!
After nearly a year of wondering the true fate of Jon Snow after that heartbreakingly brutal stabbing, Game of Thrones made it very clear in Sunday's season six premiere that our brave hero is definitely dead. (We're passing you a box of virtual tissues at this very moment.)
Despite this gut-wrenching news, HBO still delivered a sensational debut episode that was jam-packed with answers to (most of) our most burning questions. We're breaking down all the most shocking moments geographically from Castle Black to Dorne!
Castle Black: While Ghost howled with despair, Ser Davos Seaworth discovered Jon's lifeless body lying in the snow surrounded by a pool of dark, cold blood and took him into one of the spare rooms inside Castle Black. It was there that Davos, a very distraught Ghost, and a few Night's Watch members who were still loyal to the former Lord Commander were determined to protect Jon's body from harm. Once they realized that they would be severely outnumbered by Ser Alliser Thorne -- aka the newly announced Lord Commander -- and the rest of The Watch, one man left Castle Black to seek help from the Wildlings that Jon rescued.
Meanwhile, Melisandre still lurked around Castle Black but did not do anything (yet!) to raise Jon Snow from the dead. (We're still crossing our fingers and toes that this theory will become a reality in the episodes to come!) Instead, we watched The Red Lady undress in her chambers while looking at her gorgeous naked body in the mirror. All of the sudden, Melisandre's reflection changed and in its place was a very withered and wrinkly old woman with long white hair. The full-frontal nude old woman stepped away from the mirror and slowly crawled into bed.
Winterfell: Sansa and Theon successfully survived their jump from the high walls of Winterfell, but there was no time to celebrate this small victory. With Ramsay's vicious hounds and guards tracking their every move, the duo moved quickly over the icy terrain to get as much distance from the sadistic Boltons as possible, but it was all for naught, as the guards and hounds tracked down our heroes. Even though Theon tried to sacrifice himself to ensure Sansa's survival, the flesh-craving dogs still found her hiding place.
Just as it looked as if all was lost, Westeros' most badass knight Brienne of Tarth and her trusty squire, Podrick, came to their rescue and triumphantly murdered all of the Bolton soldiers. Brienne once again begged Sansa to let her fulfill the Oath of Fealty that she made to Sansa's mother, Catelyn Stark, to keep the Stark girls safe. Sansa finally and gratefully accepted Brienne's and officially acknowledged the knight as her sworn sword.
Essos: Daario and Jorah successfully tracked their MIA Meereen Queen to her last known location, but Drogon was nowhere to be found. Instead, both of the lovesick men discovered the spot in the Essos fields where the thousands of horseback Dothraki circled around Daenerys in the season five finale. Jorah spotted the ring that Dany dropped into the grass like a breadcrumb and the two fighters quickly realized that their queen had been captured.
When we reunited with Daenerys, the Mother of Dragons had her hands bound together and was being tugged alongside a Dothraki like a dog on a leash, forced to listen to men make disgustingly crude comments about her. Clearly, they had no idea who she was or that she was fluent in their native tongue.
She was eventually taken to the current Dothraki Khal of that khalasar. Just before he was about to rip her clothes off, she stunned everyone by demanding (in perfect Dothraki, natch) that he unhand her. After introducing herself as Khal Drogo's widowed Khaleesi and requesting that they help her get back to Meereen, the Khal revealed that he would not let her go. Instead, they're taking her to the holy city of Vaes Dothrak where she must live out the rest of her days with the other widowed wives of Khals.
King's Landing: Cersei's post walk of shame spirits were finally lifted once she received word that a ship from Dorne was sailing into King's Landing. Unfortunately, her happy mood was quickly crushed once she saw Jaime's somber face and the fabric-draped coffin behind him. Cersei mourned the death of Myrcella and revealed to Jaime that deep-down, she always knew this would happen because of Maggy the Frog's prophecy that all of her children would perish. Meanwhile in the High Sparrow prison, a dirty and dour Margaery remained behind bars, having still not confessed any sins despite Septa Unella's brutal physical persuasions.
Meereen: With their queen MIA, the people of Meereen are on the brink of a civil war and it's up to Tyrion, Varys, Missandei and Grey Worm to keep the peace. Our journey to Meereen was a brief in the premiere, but we saw enough to learn that the language barrier between the Meereen people was especially challenging for Tyrion. (One woman thought he wanted to eat her baby, but in reality, he was offering her money to feed her baby.) While Tyrion and Varys walked through the streets of the city, dozens of citizens ran towards them with terror in their eyes and our BFFs discovered that someone had set fire to all the boats in the Meereen harbor.
Braavos: Like Meereen, our trip to Braavos was quick, yet very powerful. When we caught up with Arya, we discovered that the youngest Stark sibling was still blind and begging passerbys on the steps of the city for any spare change. The Waif appeared, threw a fighting staff at the sightless Arya and demanded a duel. Arya literally fought blindly, and The Waif happily beat her with the staff several times before walking away with the promise that she would be back tomorrow. Arya's next stage in training had officially begun.
Dorne: Down in Dorne, Ellaria Sand continued to add another royal name to her kill list. Once Doran Martell, the ruling Prince of Dorne, received word that Myrcella Lannister had been murdered, Ellaria stabbed him in the chest and watched gleefully as blood oozed from his body. She blamed him for being too trusting and kind with the Lannisters and as the new ruler of Dorne, she would lead her country straight to war. Just for good measure, Ellaria also sent her assassin daughters to kill Doran's son, Trystane, in one of the most vicious and gruesome deaths the series has ever shown.
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