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Game of Thrones: The Red Woman (2016)
A good opening episode but...
This is my first review for this site and I can start by saying that I was thoroughly enjoying this episode for the most part. As both a show watcher and book reader I can honestly say I was pretty disappointed with last season, after delving pretty far from book story lines in Season 5, Season 6 proved to be all new material not yet published in the novels so I didn't really know what to expect.
It was a great way to Re-introduce us to the characters we left off last season, whilst giving some under- utilised characters some time to shine. Davos in particular was great in this episode, after being criminally underused in previous seasons it was nice to see him have proper time to shine. This goes for all the characters in the north including other characters at the wall such as Edd and Alliser Thorne. As well as characters such as Theon, Sansa and Brienne. I initially had a fear that these two would be captured and taken back to Ramsay, yet again, but was relieved when Brienne came to the rescue and allowed to characters to head in a new direction.
On a similar note, Daenerys actually got something to do this episode, other than sitting in a pyramid for the past two years, her scene was also great and it feels like a breath of fresh air to see her reduced powerless once again. Also nice to see the Dothraki back. Other scenes included Jaime and Cersei being reunited, nice to feel sympathetic for Cersei for a change. Arya training in her blind state, effective if brief. Seeing Margarey for the first time since she got locked and also Tyrion and Varys killing it down in Mereen. I hope if they ever did a spin off of Game of Thrones, they make it a sitcom about Tyrion and Varys as these two are one of the best pairings on the show, throw Bronn in there for good measure and you've got yourself a show.
Obviously the climax of the episode is the reveal of Melissandre's true form, which was a big shock in all honesty. I'm going to guess it's going to play a big part in Jon Snow's fate but we shall see.
Now after all the good points, its time to talk about the one bad point of the episode, and it was bad enough to necessitate me rating this episode at a 7 and not a 9. Dorne was treated horrendously last season, House Martell is among one the best and most powerful houses in the 7 kingdoms, and my personal favourite in the novels. As if last season wasn't bad enough with the treatment of the house, this one episode absolutely butchered what was rest of it. One of the key houses just killed off just killed off like that,as if it were nothing. Bye Bye Dorne Master Plan theory. It felt like this whole scene was done like this just for the sake of having shock value, despite how little sense it may make, much like Stannis burning his daughter last season. I really hope the Sand Snakes are just killed as soon as possible, just to put this colossal waste of time to rest and allow more time to focus on characters we can actually care about.
Overall this episode was a very solid opener, no denying that, but one scene like this can bring the whole thing tumbling down and I really hope future episodes are not like this.