So while every South African in Gauteng is busy losing their marbles over the recent grand opening of ‘Mall of Africa‘(Mall of Africa Opening), I, on the other hand, am still losing my own marbles over the spectacle that was the Season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones.

After months of teaser trailers and essential the death of the fandom, the show premiered on Sunday night and started right where we left it last season. That is one thing we need admire about the show, there are no filler episodes. However, despite the number of story-lines left unresolved last season, the season six premiere sort of fell.. flat. Recap please..

The episode opens with Jon Snow still dead. I don’t feel like talking about this so moving on..

At the rate the show was going, it wouldn’t have surprised me if Sansa Stark had ended up married to Hannibal Lecter. However, just when it seemed that Lady Stark was doomed to suffer, Reek redeemed himself and not only saved his adoptive sister but also reclaimed his name; Theon Greyjoy. The season started off with the two fleeing Ramsay Bolton‘s men and well as his wrath considering that Theon just threw his mistress off the balcony to her death. Although they were almost caught, Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne came to their aid. Although the episode is titled ‘The Red Woman‘, I would have preferred it be titled ‘Brienne the Bold‘ because lady truly knows how to wield a sword. From her battles with The Hound to her slaying of Stannis Baratheon, it’s no wonder Sansa welcomed her into her court. Furthermore, it was refreshing to see that Podrick can actually hold his own as opposed to cowering behind Brienne’s sword or Tyrian Lannister’s wallet. The fact that Sansa‘s luck seems to be slowly changing with her newly acquired bodyguard is a definitely much needed breath of fresh air. However considering the show’s history, the viewers would be quick to choke on that breath.

Cersei Lannister has not only lost both her parents and her dignity but also her hair. Her heart is crushed once more when Jamie Lannister returns with the body of her only daughter, Marcella, who seemed to be the only pure, good thing that she had put out into the world. Referring to the prophecy that she had heard as a child that all her children would suffer and die, she’s not surprised. Jamie Lannister however brushes her ramblings off and reminds her of who they are with the perfect sentence, “Fuck anybody who isn’t us“. Guess it won’t be long before a Martell-Lannister war.

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Margaery Tyrell however is still stuck in a cell and has yet to confess to her sins.. which seem to include having a gay brother and a witch for a mother-in-law.

Speaking of one’s sins, Prince Doran Martell certainly paid for his. Considering he did little when both his siblings were slaughtered at the hands of the Lannisters, it’s not surprising that there was a coup. After receiving notification of Marcella Lannisters‘ death, at the hands, or lips, of Ellaria Sand, she and her Sand Snakes daughters took matters into their own hands and not only slayed the Prince but his bodyguard and son as well.

Tyrion Lannister remains in Meereeen trying to govern the city that Daenerys fled on a dragon. Not the best situation to be in considering that she fled following an assassination attempt. In the meantime he can also practice his Valyrian since he just told a mother that he wanted to eat her baby.

Speaking of which, It seems that Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons, Daenarys Tagaryan can honestly never catch a break but her situations prove for humorous dialogue. After almost being stripped down naked in front of Khal Moro and his minions, Daenarys introduces herself in a manner that only she can listing the various titles that she’s acquired over the past five seasons. Athough she doesn’t get the reaction she expects, at least she’s not stripped naked and raped to shreds. Instead she’s sentenced to live her out her days as an old maid in Dosh Khaleen in acoordance with Dothraki tradition. Hopefully her lover,  Daario Naharis and admirer Jorah Mormont will find her in time..Preferably before Mormount becomes a full-on stoneman.

Arya Stark doesn’t have the same luck as her sister. She’s still blind and it seems like that’s not going to change anytime soon.

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When the title of the episode was released, I was expecting Melisandre to redeem herself with the fans and bring back fan-favourite Jon Snow but with this show what you expect is never what is delivered. Upon the final scenes of the episode, Melisandre removes her ruby necklace to reveal the body of a woman who probably knew the old guards personally. Admittedly I saw this scene coming but the way it was portrayed.. The vulnerability in a person who used her sexuality to tear down kingdoms. On the other hand, it also showcases how much power she posseses. Possibly enough to bring back Jon Snow. Well, we have 9 more episodes to find out.

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