“Meat And Mead”

Sophie Turner as ‘Sansa Stark’ in “Game of Thrones” (ep #6.1)[Contains unfettered dragons and SPOILERS!!!]

The sixth season of Game of Thrones has finally arrived. Hurrah! I’ve been trying to damp down my excitement and temper my expectations, but couldn’t help feeling a little giddy when I heard that opening music building for the first time in what feels like an eternity! Ack! Now we’re two episodes in, and have caught up with all of my fave female characters:

It was such a relief to see ‘Brienne’ (Gwendoline Christie) finally coming to ‘Sansa’s (Sophie Turner) rescue in the premiere… better late than never, as they say… and I even got a little weepy when they exchanged their oaths (after a little helpful prompting from ‘Pod’ (Daniel Portman), of course!). And this week we got some fun banter about her “unladylike” sister too…

Apparently poor ‘Arya’ (Maisie Williams) had been reduced to begging in the street, after being blinded and kicked out of the temple… but her punishment/training continued, with ‘The Waif’ (Faye Marsay) popping by to give her a daily bo-staff beat-down. Harsh. Now she’s been retrieved from the streets by her enigmatic mentor, but I get the feeling she isn’t back on the “royal road” just yet…

Emilia Clarke as ‘Daenerys Targaryen’ in “Game of Thrones” (ep #6.1)As I said at the time, I was sorely disappointed by the diversion that ‘Dany’s (Emilia Clarke) storyline took at the end of the previous season… but found myself really enjoying the Dothraki camp scenes in this season’s premiere, with all their comedic banter, and the surprisingly welcome return of their simple-minded, debate-quashing catchphrase: It is known.

And, er, apparently the “Sand Snakes” have developed teleportation powers now, magickally appearing on Prince Trystane’s ship just as it’s leaving King’s Landing, even though we saw them smugly standing on a jetty watching it depart Dorne at the end of the previous season!? WTF!? I’m all for ‘Ellaria’ (Indira Varma) and her kill-crazy girl-gang (Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, and Jessica Henwick) getting more screentime, but so far this Dornish debacle continues to be the weakest link in the series, in terms of plausibility and slapdashery. Tch!

Over on The Iron Islands, the Greyjoys’ have been granted a prominent power-grab plotline of their own, prompted by the return of ‘Euron Greyjoy’ (Pilou Asbæk), estranged uncle to ‘Theon’ (Alfie Allen) and ‘Yara’ (Gemma Whelan), who will no doubt be eager to claim the “Salt Throne”, after offing its previous occupant (and his own elder brother), the belligerent old-codger King ‘Balon Greyjoy’ (Patrick Malahide). Yara tried to make a case for her own ascendancy, but apparently rulership is reliant on approval by something called the “Kingsmoot”… and it doesn’t sound like they’re big fans of Affirmative Action, sadly…

Ellie Kendrick as ‘Meera Reed’ in “Game of Thrones” (ep #6.2)And after a looong year of waiting “beyond the wall”, getting bored stiff and frost-bitten while ‘Bran’ (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) got his Warg on with the “Three-Eyed Raven” (Max von Sydow!), ‘Meera’ (Ellie Kendrick) was feeling like a fifth wheel spinning uselessly in the snow… until ‘Leaf’, a cheer-leading Child of the Forest (Kae Alexander), reminded our heroine that Bran would need her to protect him when he eventually does depart. So, there’s the promise of future adventure and arse-kicking to come there… and plenty close-ups of Ellie to enjoy in the meantime! Squee!

Meanwhile, ‘Cersei’ (Lena Headey) is still on stand-by, following her epic walk-of-shame and the death of her beloved daughter, as her former (?) nemesis ‘Margaery’ (Natalie Dormer) continues to languish in the Faith Militant’s filthy dungeons… though I’m eagerly anticipating the episode where she manages to manipulate them into worshipping her good self instead of The Seven, through the undeniable power of her divine charisma…

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About deecrowseer

A comic book writer with an interest in feminism, philosophy, and affirmative action.
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