Well Game of Thrones is back. The night is dark and full of terrors. Winter is coming. And lots of big surprises—some good, some bad—greet us as we embark on the sixth season of HBO’s fantasy drama.
This is the first episode that leaps ahead of the books, and boy does it leap. From the fate of Sansa and Theon to the coup in Dorne, things are happening in Game of Thrones that we either haven’t seen in the novels by George R.R. Martin, or that won’t ever happen on the printed page.
I will say this: I’ve gotten one prediction right so far. Brienne saved Sansa and Theon from the Bolton men, and it was every bit as glorious as I’d hoped. I admit, I got a little teary-eyed when she rode in and saved them. Sansa doesn’t deserve any more torment, and Theon’s more than paid the price of betrayal.
Let’s go through the episode piece by piece, beginning in…
We may as well, since we’re discussing Brienne’s valiant rescue to begin with. The lady knight was already waiting around Winterfell to rescue Sansa, which is why she was able to stumble so fortuitously on Stannis Baratheon and introduce him to her blade. (To be fair, he could still be alive. I suspect we’ll discover the truth of it next week.)