Thursday, April 28, 2016

Game of Thrones: Five Characters Not in the Premiere Who We Need to See in Episode 2

The Season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones was all kinds of things—Thrilling! Revealing! Kind of ehhh!—yet there was something missing from the episode that I couldn't quite put my finger on. And then I realized that I hadn't seen Littlefinger's well-sheered facial hair in the entire episode! For as busy and globe-trotting as "The Red Woman" was, several characters weren't seen at all, leaving us to wonder what they're up to as we move into the second episode of Season 6. Here are the five characters who didn't make the premiere who I need to see in Episode 2.
Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish
This guy gets a bad wrap because he speaks without hardly moving his mouth like he's a bad ventriloquist and has the little brother of Captain Morgan's goatee on his face, but for all of Littlefinger's self-motivated chess moves and slimy behavior, he's a fascinating watch and the purest example of the drive for power in the show. That's saying something, considering that the entire show is about the lust for power, but think of where Littlefinger came from: the dumps. And now he's the Lord of the Eyrie with his eyes on the North. Yeah it only took sleeping with a psycho hag and marrying off his crush's daughter to a sadistic torturer, but things are looking pretty good for him, I'd say! What devilish maneuvers will he masterfully unleash in Season 6? 
Bran Stark
Bran is 28 years old by now and has graduated from grad school after missing all of Season 5 due to... what was it again? Oh yeah, having too many characters in the show. But he's definitely returning this season and it was kind of a ripoff that he wasn't in the Season 6 premiere. How long has he been chilling out in that cave with the old tree man who is the actual embodiment of the three-eyed raven? (Yeah, George R.R. Martin may have been tripping when he wrote this part.) We can only assume that he's been getting the training he needed for his warging powers and will possess Hodor in order to reach things on the top shelf. Let's find out soon, Game of Thrones.
The sellsword-turned-almost-Lord is one of the show's most entertaining characters because of his roguish self interest, quick wit, and "awww f*** it" attitude. But even though he was on the boat with Jaime when Myrcella died, he wasn't anywhere to be seen in the premiere as they sailed into King's Landing. Maybe he was below deck face down in a barrel of wine? Moving forward, how will Cersei's reneg on their deal affect him moving forward? Will he continue his rise up the ladder or settle for slicing dudes up over bets? And will he ever re-team with his Butch Cassidy, the one and only Tyrion? 
Tormund Giantsbane
The part-time Wyndham Rewards Wyzard was a no-show in the Season 6 opener, but he and his people were hinted at playing a huge role in the episodes ahead. At this point, Castle Black is in a civil war, and Davos requested their help in securing the fort and kicking Alliser Thorne's ass. But the reason we're most excited about Tormund, in addition to his legendary beard, is that where Tormund is, Wun-Wun the giant is to follow. Go Wun-Wun!
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