Now THAT was quite an episode of Game of Thrones. I’m putting all the stuff under the cut for the benefit of my UK peeps who haven’t had a chance to watch.
Over at SXSW, at the Game of Thrones exhibit known as SXSWesteros, there’s a bit of Season 6 footage available that isn’t being shown anywhere else. I think this is unfair, but according to this one guy on Twitter, the footage they showed today includes this:
Well, yes, I had assumed as much. (A later Tweet by the same user says she’s talking to Davos, which is not a surprise.)
This provides context for Melisandre’s confessing to Davos of the victories she’d seen in the flames all being a lie. She’s not confessing her error regarding Stannis, or at least she’s not just talking about Stannis. I think Melisandre was upset when most of his army deserted him, and she had been expecting him to take Winterfell long enough to give Jon a chance to show up and take over, but she hadn’t really been expecting Stannis to become Lord of the Seven Kingdoms since the end of Season 3.
Now she’s probably thinking, she led Stannis into a war he couldn’t win, she burned Shireen alive and triggered Selyse’s suicide and let Stannis march a piddling army of foot soldiers into a battle with a much bigger, mounted army, because she’d been banking on Jon to be her Azor Ahai, and then Jon died. She must be feeling shitty about that. She may be feeling a bit guilty about tying Shireen up to that pyre, and she may be blaming herself just a bit for Selyse hanging herself from that tree, and she may be feeling like an asshole for all that time she spent stringing Stannis along with a promise of sitting the Iron Throne, but mostly, what’s really destroying her is Jon’s death.
I will be so incredibly relieved when we finally see the part in Season 6 when Jon Snow comes back. Not because I’ll be so happy to see him (although I do expect to join my fellow Throners in a GIF Party on Twitter), but because that’s when we can finally stop talking about “whether” Jon is coming back, as if we haven’t already figured it out.
Oh, and while we’re at it, I’ll also be extremely relieved if they show Stannis’s headless body in the first episode, because maaaaaaaaybe then, the Stannis stans will finally grieve for their fallen king and stop insisting he’s not dead.
I’m sure there’ll be some other absurd idea for everyone to bat around by that point. If nothing else, there’s still Cleganebowl and Lady Stoneheart hype. But it’ll be such a weight off my GoT-nerd shoulders when we can stop pretending Jon’s resurrection is anything but inevitable.
Tonight is Season 6 Teaser Night for Game of Thrones fans! The teaser was leaked earlier today because of course it was, so a lot of us got a chance to watch it well ahead of its proper release time of 8:59 PM. From most of us, the reaction was basically: meh. And I see where that’s coming from. There’s no new footage.
There’s still something to work with, and I wrote up an analysis of the teaser content for FanSided, which you can find here and includes the following:
Of the first four faces, there is a certain relationship between the lines we hear and the circumstances of the character’s death. Ned Stark abided by an honor-based system of law enforcement in which lords were expected to do the physical labor of death sentences. He was sentenced to death by Joffrey, but he was beheaded by a servant, Ser Ilyn Payne.
Of course I didn’t say anything about what this means for anyone’s chances of resurrection. Jon Snow is included in the trailer, and I didn’t say anything about what that says about whether he stays dead, and the reason I didn’t say anything is that I think it’s entirely obvious that he’s not staying dead, and everyone else is already on the topic of Jon’s status so I’m free to ask other questions.
Truly, though, I think Jon’s role in the teaser is qualitatively different from the other characters (go follow the link to my FanSided article to see what I mean) and the reason why he’s set apart from the others is that he’s the one who’s coming back. The other four characters are treated the way they are because…they’re dead and they’re staying that way.
My latest piece for FanSided: How Episode 9 Drives the Game of Thrones. It’s weird how little my dear Brienne’s name appears in this, but it’s all about shifts in power throughout the series. She’s not really a player. I go through each season and tell you what happened in terms of various Houses getting more powerful or more defeated, using the 9th episode as the focal point.
You might see a little prediction near the end, mixed up with the filming leaks. Mostly, what I want to talk about is that in writing this piece, I noticed something about the fifth season.
The SAG Awards happened on Saturday, I may have sat up with Twitter on my iPad to save our GoT peeps’ red carpet photos (yeah, I did), and there were some interviews that happened at the event and at some earlier, related events. Such as!
Sophie Turner said a few words to someone at Entertainment Weekly. No link provided, but Winter quotes her as telling us:
There are some important differences between the Riverrun sub-plot in A Feast for Crows, and what they appear to be filming at Riverrun in S6. The most obvious difference is context: the Riverlands events taking place on the show are happening after certain events in King’s Landing, not before. Ergo, some characters will have different preoccupations than they had in the books. The real departure we’re seeing so far, however…