This Week’s Blog Covers:
S6 Ep 1: “The Red Woman”
*Warning! Spoilers Below!*
This week marks the return of the HBO series, Game of Thrones with “The Red Woman.” Variety.com reports that the highly anticipated season 6 premiere garnered an estimated 7.944 million viewers during its initial telecast. While this may be lower than season 5’s 7.997 million premiere, “The Red Woman” may actually be the most-watched episode of the series with an early estimate of 10.7 million viewers when including the HBO Go and HBO Now apps. Another Variety.com article revealed that there were even outages across the streaming apps due to an influx of “429,670 daily active users for HBO Now’s iOS app, compared to an average of 195,000 during the weeks leading up to the premiere.” As these streaming apps become increasingly more popular for viewing, it is important to include them in the ratings calculations.
This past Sunday, my fellow Scholars of the Throne and I met at our professor, Dr. Chown’s house for viewing. With the Unsullied caught up, we united as scholars to view “The Red Woman.” We live tweeted @GoTScholars and will be posting all of our new blogs on ScholarsoftheThrone.com. Sharing this experience together adds to my growing list of awesome viewing experiences throughout the series.
This Week’s Highlight(s):
It’s without any objection that Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne are the highlights of the week. Besides saving the day, I am excited to see what will happen now that Sansa has accepted Brienne’s oath of protection. Despite being forced into literally the worst situations with little prowess on how to handle them, I have always admired Sansa. She is a much stronger Stark than we know. Both Sansa and Brienne are characters that have been building to this moment. Unleashing them will probably result in one of the most epic story arcs of the series. They are smack dab in the middle of the North being hunted by the sadisitic and vengeful Ramsay. There is no help available from the South and they have yet to hear about the mutiny on the Wall. Only time will tell, which unfortunately means I’m back to waiting every week for a new episode.
This Week’s Lowlife(s):
This week’s lowlifes are Ellaria and the Sand Snakes. Dorne became a place that I admired, but with this betrayal, I may not book my flight just yet. Prince Doran, a gentle soul, tried his best to prevent war. He has seen what war does to his people and his country. Ellaria’s murder of Doran shows how far she is willing to go for vengeance. As Ellaria stabs Doran, he warns that his son Trystane will avenge him.
Unfortunately, the Sand Snakes made that impossible when Obara stabbed a spear through the back of his head. What a bummer. Many of my fellow scholars and I were very confused about this sequence overall. WinterisComing.com reveals the scroll that Doran was reading before his untimely death that fills in many of these plot holes. Check it out here!
Thought Provoking Theme(s):
Without a doubt, Melisandre’s transformation to an old woman was not the facade I was expecting her to reveal. Apparently, this shocker was predicted many years ago by fans. TechInsider.io breaks down this shocker based on fan theories developed from the George R.R. Martin’s series and HBO series alike, as well as, cast interviews. Read the highly interesting breakdown here! Whether Melisandre’s powers are in fact bestowed from the Lord of Light remains unknown. I always knew something was off with that lady, but never expected this.
Other interesting story arcs that deal with facade are Arya and Theon. Arya is found in Braavos, blind and begging for Gold Dragons. Is she still Arya, or will her path to no one completely remove the facade of Arya? As for Theon, is this his moment for redemption, or is it all just a facade? The extensive torture that Theon endured as Reek will certainly induce post-traumatic effects, and I question how he will handle it all.
Speaking of Theon, I recently found this nifty Spotify playlist generator in which you discover your Game of Thrones character. Apparently, The White Stripes, Lorde, Daughter, Led Zeppelin, and Blink 182 indicate that my character is Theon Greyjoy…I’m not sure how to feel about it, but it is a sweet, sweet playlist.