REVIEW: Game of Thrones s6 ep1 raises new questions
THE biggest talking point for Game of Thrones fans since mid-last year was whether favourite Jon Snow was really dead.
We saw him attacked and left for dead by fellow Night's Watch members, and when the season-opener started with Davos' discovery of Snow's body we hoped for the best.
Unfortunately, at least for another week, the legitimacy of his death will remain a major topic for discussion as we moved no closer to answers.
If he is resurrected you would think the showrunners would leave the revelation until later this season, but for now we've got a bigger mystery to unravel.
The Red Queen Melisandre was commonly theorised to be the one responsible for his hopeful revival, and while she didn't come to our rescue she did startlingly reveal her true form.
That big necklace, it appears, was more than just decoration. Its removal changed Melissandre's form from that of a slim woman to an old, literally saggy shell of a human. Is she a witch? Is she a reincarnation of R'hllor, the Lord of Light, to whom she worships?
Hopefully we will find out soon.
Meanwhile Theon Greyjoy was a lot more human than the Reek he was reduced to for the past few years.
He helped Sansa Stark escape Ramsay Bolton's clutches, then tried to convince the Boltons' chasing forces she was dead. They saw through the ruse, but just as they got their clutches on Sansa the unlikely duo of Brienne and Pod came to the rescue.
Brienne, who is clearly one of the most pure, heroic, characters in the HBO series, was knocked down early but thankfully wasn't injured (I don't think we could handle that yet).
The quartet fought off Bolton's small force, as Theon seemingly reclaimed his true identity by saving Pod from the final man.
The tormentor they hope to escape, Ramsay Bolton, meanwhile received a dressing down from his father for "playing his games" with Sansa and letting her escape. Without her they're unlikely to rally the families of the North to fend off the Lannisters, whom they betrayed in Ramsay's marriage to Sansa.
Speaking of Lannisters, Cersei Lannister got some more comeuppance when she learned of Myrcella's demise. Myrcella, Cersei's daughter, had lived in Dorne for most of her life, and was finally about to return to King's Landing. Ellaria Sand, in an act of revenge for Oberyn Martell's death, gave her a poisoned kiss in the final episode of season five.
Ellaria was not finished there, as she and her Sand Snakes took violent action to assume the throne. Her promise - that "weak men will never rule Dorne again" - is loaded but points to a lot more activity to come from the region throughout the season.
Jorah Mormont and Daario spent quality time together as they searched for Daenerys. The Mother of Dragons, we know, is with the Dothraki, and the pair similarly concluded when they found one of her pendants in the middle of nowhere.
Her introduction to Khal Moro was rough, but the revelation she was Khal Drogo's former Khaleesi saw her spared another indignity. She instead faced the prospect of spending the rest of her time with the widows of other dead Khals at Vaes Dothrak.
Tyrion Lannister, with the help of the trusty Lord Varys, is left to try to maintain Danaerys's fragile hold of power in Meereen. He walks the streets to try to get a sense of how her disappearance is affecting the city, noting "fear has brought Meereen to a standstill".
Billowing smoke catches his attention and he finds a fleet of burning ships in the harbour, most likely the work of Danaerys's would-be masked assassins the Sons of the Harpy.
Finally, poor blind Arya is seen begging in the streets of Braavos. But clearly Jaqen H'ghar and The House of Black and White aren't finished with her yet.
Waif arrives and challenges her to a duel, although it's not much of a contest as Arya struggles to defend herself. After drawing a little blood Waif promises to see her again the next day.
One notable absence from episode 1 was Bran Stark. Isaac Hempstead Wright will make his highly anticipated return as the eldest Stark boy after not featuring in season five.
We know he is north of the wall with the Three Eyed Raven, to be played by Max Von Sydow. Thanks to his powers as a warg, perhaps Bran could be the one to resurrect Jon Snow? Or perhaps warging abilities run in the Stark family?