Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington, was one of several shocking deaths in Game of Thrones Season 5.  But may return in Season 6. (Photo: HBO)

Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington, was one of several shocking deaths in Game of Thrones Season 5. But may return in Season 6. (Photo: HBO)

“Game of Thrones” got off to a plodding start in Episode 1 of Season 6. The principal characters each face their own crises in the far flung reaches of the Seven Kingdoms. One thing was certain: Jon Snow is still dead, but maybe not for long as Melisandre’s true power was revealed.

The diabolical Lord of Light priestess, could have the power to save Jon as IM reported last November.

Melisandre, played by Carice van Houten has always been an enigma. Did she truly have powers or was she a mere charlatan?

You may recall, last season she grossly miscalculated when she convinced Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) to burn his daughter at the stake as a sacrifice to ensure his victory at Winterfell.

But it had the opposite effect, causing half his army to defect to the Boltons, leading to the slaughter of his men and his own death (maybe) at the hands of Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).

The fact that he was killed off-screen suggests he may still be alive, since Game of Thrones has never been shy about showing gory deaths.

In any event, Melisandre proved her power was real by morphing into an ancient woman (nude, of course) in keeping with George R. R. Martin’s books on which the series is based.

She may be centuries old. If so, she probably has the power over life and death and could use it to revive Jon. It may be the single biggest reveal of the first episode, because she’s for real.

Melisandre, played by Carice van Houten may have the power to bring Jon Snow back from the dead. (Photo: HBO)

Melisandre, played by Carice van Houten may have the power to bring Jon Snow back from the dead. (Photo: HBO)

Melisandre provides some foreshadowing when she sees Jon’s body and says she can see him in her flames fighting at Winterfell.

The show opens with Snow (Kit Harington) sprawled in the courtyard where Season 5 left off. He’s discovered by Ser Davos and surrounded by his few remaining loyalists, including faithful direwolf Ghost.

They take his body to a locked room to figure out their next move. Ser Alliser Thorne, who led the assassins, wants to strike a bargain, but Davos puts him off.

The men all want revenge, but Davos, a survivor if there ever was one, prefers revenge without dying in the process. He knows only one way to get it–by going to the people who owe Jon the most. Could that be the Wildings?

Meanwhile, also in the North, House Bolton is facing its own crisis. Ramsey Bolton (Iwan Rheon) is fresh off his victory over Stannis, but he’s lost his one true prize, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)

Without her, and an heir, there is no way he can consolidate his grip on the North. And without that, there is no way House Bolton can stand against the Lannister’s well equipped army.

In Season 5, Sansa and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), aka Reek, escaped by leaping off the castle wall into a snow bank. Ramsey set his hounds after them, but they made good their escape thanks to Brienne.

She intercepts the search party just as they corner their prey and slays them all with help from Greyjoy and her trusty squire, Podrick Payne. Brienne pledges an oath to protect Sansa and this time she accepts.

They head off to Castle Black to seek refuge in what could be a fateful move.

Further south at King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) is licking her wounds and plotting revenge after surviving her “Walk of Atonement” at the hands of High Sparrow. But she doesn’t know which way to turn first, until her brother Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)returns from Dorne with their daughter Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free).

But Myrcella has been poisoned by the evil Ellaria (Indira Varma), who takes matters in her own hands and slays Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig) and Areo Hotah (Deobia Oparei). It almost certainly means war with the Lannisters.

Without Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) whose military prowess saved King’s Landing during the battle of Blackwater Bay, it’s hard to see who will save King’s Landing this time around.

Cersei is beside herself and wallowing in fatalism after the death of Myrcella, believing a prophecy is unfolding. That leaves only Jamie clear-headed enough to take care of business. Bet he wishes Tyrion was still around.

But he’s in Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) camp now. In Season 5, she was whisked out of danger by her dragon from the attacking Sons of the Harpy. She was deposited in a wasteland where she was scooped up by the nomadic Dothraki.

Khal Moro laughs off her claim to being a queen and is ready to enslave. That’s when she reveals her Dothraki connection to Khal Drogo. It saves her from being raped.

Instead she’s going to be shuffled off to their capital, Vaes Dothrak, where the widows of Dothraki chieftains dwell, in sort of like a convent–not the best outcome. But Jorah and Daario are hot on her trail and realize she’s been captured by the horde when they find her ring.

Back at Meereen, Tyrion and Varys (Conleth Hill) have been left to manage affairs in her absence. The town is in tatters, and so is Daenerys’ ticket to Westeros. Someone has set her fleet afire at anchor.

Tyrion is nothing if not politically astute. He decides the best way to deal with the Sons of the Harpy is to cut off its head. He wants to find their leader. Varys says he already has his spies, little birds, out looking for him, or her!

In Braavos, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is still learning her lesson from Season 5, when she used her Faceless power to kill one of her nemeses. She was blinded and in Episode One she was sent out into the streets to beg. The Faceless Man’s waif shows up and throws her a staff to defend herself.

The waif proceeds to beat her, intent on continuing the lesson, but to what end?

As you can probably figure out, Episode One was a little short on action. Most of the time was spent bringing the plot up to speed, which as usual barely inched forward.

But that may change in Episode Two, titled “Home.”

It was directed by Jeremy Podeswa, who helmed two Season Five episodes “Kill the Boy” and “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”, and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for his work.

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