Game of Speculation: How have I embarrassed myself?

Okay, so, I’m happy that we’re still getting speculation fodder for GoT S6, but I’m not amused when someone dangles a shiny thing in front of my face and then pulls it away when I come closer. To wit: this piece at Winter starts with a headline of “Last Season’s Rape Scene Will Have Repercussions.” I want to know more about that! Ani Bundel covers a talk by director Jeremy Podeswa which includes some info on filming Game of Thrones.

The director also gave a way a very minor spoiler in discussing his locations this season: “This year we had one day in Croatia, then Spain and Northern Ireland.” That day of filming in Croatia, after the show insisted it wasn’t returning there this year, took everyone by surprise, and the scene, which includes Cersei and the Mountain, and certainly looked to be one that happened early in the season, can now be confirmed as either the first or second episode, which are the ones Podeswa directed. His remark that “then Spain” would suggest that he filmed scenes in Almeria, which was the Spanish location that began filming right after that day in Croatia.

Okay! That is definitely something. Yes, it confirms that the scene with Cersei in her lion-shoulder gown waiting by the water with Undead Gregor Clegane takes place in the first two episodes. Good! I’m betting it’ll be the first episode. And if Ani is correct that “then Spain” means Almería, that could mean Dany among the Dothraki, AND/OR Doran Martell dealing with the Sand Snakes in Dorne. Either or both of those. Filming in N. Ireland, of course, doesn’t narrow it down by much. If Podeswa’s work in Spain was all in Almería and not in Girona or Peñíscola, then we will not get any outdoor King’s Landing (except for Cersei waiting by the water), outdoor Braavos, or outdoor Meereen in the first two episodes. I expect we’ll see some of Tyrion, if only because everyone loves Tyrion so much, but only for indoor scenes filmed at the studios in Belfast. Arya, same thing. We’ll get her indoors.

Only, nowhere in Ani’s piece does she quote Podeswa saying anything about “repercussions” to the rape scene. So I followed the link to the Forbes article, assuming I’d see the bit about “repercussions” in there. He has a lot to say about how he and the showrunners dealt with the controversy over the rape scene, but that doesn’t give us anything about what happens next. Nowhere in the article is any quote concerning repercussions to Ramsay abusing Sansa.

As for the kick off of season six, he observed, “Doing the first episode of a new season is always a bit tricky because they tend to lay down a lot of tracks for the season and check on where the characters are now. They’re not usually the most dynamic episodes. Happily for me this year the producers tried to work against that. The season gets off to an amazing start, stuff of consequence happens and the first two episodes are really strong.”

Yeah, that’s cool. Given how many cliffhangers we got in the S5 finale, it makes sense for the next season to start with answering those cliffhangers, which suggests consequential stuff happening right away. If they resolved a bunch of cliffhangers without making anything consequential happen, that would be weird, weak storytelling. If they took us through the first two episodes of a 10-episode season without dealing with much of the towering load of cliffhangers we got last finale, that would also be weird, weak, obnoxious storytelling. If Ep1 does nothing but answer cliffhangers from beginning to end, that’s plenty of space for making consequential stuff happen.

And yet, we don’t get any sign of Podeswa saying, in as many words, that S6 will show repercussions to Sansa’s wedding night with Ramsay. Maybe he said that during the talk, but the writer at Forbes didn’t have space to give us that quote in context. But, for now, let’s assume, for the sake of discussion, that he did say something to that effect. Let’s assume he’s referring to events in his episodes, rather than later events covered by other directors.

What might those repercussions be?