The Season 6 premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones reminded fans that it is not just the kings of Westeros that are vying for the iron throne. Many of the women are, too, and some of them -- particularly those without royal titles -- may even stand a better chance of taking over the coveted chair.
SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses Season 6 of HBO's Game of Thrones. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo had already said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that Season 6 of Game of Thrones will center around the female characters. But the Season 6 premiere (Episode 1, entitled "The Red Woman") showed, without a doubt, that the women of Westeros are a force to be reckoned with.
In Dorne (remember that place that no one really cares about now that Oberyn Martell is dead?) everything is going to hell in a handbasket for the men. Ellaria (Indira Varma) and her trusty Sand Snakes (also women) is on a mission to take down everyone. As a result of this, Oberyn's brother, Doran (Alexander Siddig), and his son, Trystane (Toby Sebastian), are killed and Ellaria swears no more "weak men" will ever rule Dorne again. Does that mean she is planning to take the crown? Interesting to note is the Easter egg involved in the death of Trystane. As Vanity Fair points out, Trystane was killed in a way reminiscent of the Martell's house sigil, the Sunspear. Trystane, literally, is the son who got speared. Vanity Fair posted this image to show the comparison.
However, some Game of Thrones fans considered it a defeat for Sansa's sister, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), in Episode 1 of Season 6. For others, it was seen as just another lesson for Arya to learn on the road to becoming the brilliant fighter we all know she will be. Even blinded, she still took up the stick given to her and tried her very best to defeat a hidden enemy.
The red woman of the Episode 1 title, Melisandre (Carice van Houten) also suffered a losing blow in Season 5 of Game of Thrones when Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) died before her prophecy came true. Then, in Season 6, she arrived at Castle Black in order to oversee her new prophecy of Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) being victorious. That prophecy was also shattered when she found Jon dead in the snow. Only time will tell now just how Melisandre recovers from her religion failing her.
Regardless of their highs or lows throughout Game of Thrones, these women show they are capable of victory.
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Season 6 of Game of Thrones returns to HBO with Episode 2, entitled "Home," on Sunday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET.
The official synopsis for Episode 2 is as follows.
"Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) trains with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). In King's Landing, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman). Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) demands good news, but has to make his own. At Castle Black, the Night's Watch stands behind Thorne (Owen Teale). Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) proposes a plan, and Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) entertains other proposals."[Image via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images]