In which I may be a tiny bit surprised.

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.

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I’d much rather talk about Team Sansa, though.

Okay! Since I’m still awake, let’s see how much more I can say about Season 6 before I fall over!

There were some cliffhangers last season, yes? Lots of questions in need of answers.

One of the questions I kept bringing up was: What happened to Podrick Payne and that axe while Brienne was interrogating Stannis?

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You know, I consider this a spoiler?

It’s a great day to be a Brienne fan. I got two Likes on Twitter from Gwendoline Christie since last night, and we hear some very promising news from the Telegraph regarding the LA Premiere of Season 6. Critic Jane Mulkerrins tell us…and I am putting this under a cut because I think this is substantial enough to count as a SPOILER:

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Yes, Sophie, please tell us more. 

This entry may be a teensy bit awkward, as I’m writing it on my iPad, because the news article in question does something terrible to Chrome on my MacBook. 
Anyway! Via Watchers, we get a new interview at the LA Times with Sophie Turner, aka Sansa Stark, once again talking about how much ass Sansa kicks in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.
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Now let’s talk about the Dames of Thrones

I put this off because I focused on writing a quick mash-up of recent S6 promo material for my FanSided presence, and the latest Entertainment Weekly spread was part of that mash-up, but I’d like to focus on the spread itself.

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The angle for EW’s coverage was to focus on six ladies to watch out for in Season 6. One could surmise that HBO encouraged EW to focus on female characters as a sneaky way to avoid talking about Jon Snow, but the issue DOES include a sidebar about Jon Snow’s living status. But, you know…maybe they tossed us that little bit of meat to distract us from looking too hard at Jon’s chances of return. There’s merit to the idea that HBO wanted to get the show some nice hefty coverage in EW while aiming the camera mostly away from Jon. Fine.

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Sansa, Brienne, and the consequences of decisions

Some time ago, Daniel Portman (Podrick) did an interview with IGN in which he said some things about Pod & Brienne’s biz in Season 6, and it made me a little uncomfortable:

IGN: A lot of Season 5 was Pod and Brienne waiting for Sansa, waiting for the sign, and there’s sort of the twist at the end where they go off and find Stannis. So what can you say of where they find themselves at the beginning of Season 6 and what the payoff for that waiting last season might be?

Portman: Now, I have to be diplomatic. [laughs] So, what I will say is, you’re right, Season 5 was a series of near misses. Brienne is a very strong-minded character, and she has goals and a real drive to do the right thing, and while Podrick is with Brienne, they’re going to continue down that path, trying to fulfill the oath that she made. So I would say that’s where we start in Season 6, essentially in the same place — not geographically, but in the same place as we started in Season 5, where they’re still trying to do what she said she was going to do.

IGN: I feel like this show doesn’t often repeat itself, so does that mean, even though they’re starting in the same place, the journey might be significantly different than last year?

Portman: Absolutely, absolutely. They’re both different character, different people, after everything that happened in Season 5. Their situation changed them, and their relationship has grown. So they are different people, and they are geographically in a different place, but they are sort of back to square one in terms of their quest.

Having spent much of the past year arguing in favor of Season 6 being the time when Brienne finally makes the connection with Sansa she’s been trying to achieve all this time…this interview made me nervous. Just a bit.

BUT HERE’S THE THING. Portman sort of sounds like he’s telling us our nightmares have come true and Bri has to spend yet another season not having already connected with her lady’s daughter, but if that’s really what happens, then he just gave a lot of information away. Which makes it very odd that he began his answer with: “Now, I have to be diplomatic. So, what I will say is…”

(SPOILERS below the jump)

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